August 16, 2012, - 10:52 am
Jasim Ramadon: 5 Iraqi Muslim Immigrants Charged in Brutal Gang Rape – My Chilling Connection to the Story
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Late last night, it was as if I saw a ghost. I came across a breaking news story about an Iraqi Muslim immigrant I had briefly helped and who is now one of five Iraqi Muslim immigrant suspects in a brutal gang rape of a 53-year-old woman in Colorado. More info here. I hope the allegations of his involvement are just that. One report says, “Two of the suspects were arrested for sexual assault and accessory to a crime, while the other three were arrested for just accessory.” The seasoned police detective investigating the case says it is one of the most violent rapes he’s ever seen, with blood on the walls and massive internal injuries to the victim, as a result of blunt force. The story sends chills up and down my spine.
Jasim Mohammed Hassin Ramadon Now . . .
Jasim Ramadon Then – 8 Years Ago on Oprah . . .
Eight years ago, I was very touched when I read a front-page Wall Street Journal story about a brave Iraqi boy who turned in his own Islamic terrorist father to U.S. troops in Iraq. At age 12 or 13, he showed tremendous courage and helped save American soldiers’ lives, begging them to arrest him. When they did, he turned in not only his own father, but 40 Islamic terrorists and their plots to kill American men. He also refused his father’s demand that he kill Americans. Because of his actions, his mother–who urged him to help the American troops–was murdered by terrorists. The story said that the soldiers in his unit promised him they would protect him, even after they were sent home from Iraq. They promised to bring him to the United States to shield him from a certain death sentence. But they needed help to do it. I contacted the soldier who headed the unit and offered my pro bono legal services to the extent I could offer them (as I am not licensed to practice law in Colorado and couldn’t do any work there). Although I’ve never written about it at length here, the fact that I did some legal work was public, well-known by many third parties, and not confidential or privileged. And the soldiers involved encouraged me to speak with then-FOX News reporter Heather Nauert for a report she did on the boy.
UPDATE #1: WATCH THIS! (report about Jasim Ramadon’s heroism in Iraq–U.S. soldiers interviewed):
When he arrived in the U.S., I attended a weekend party in Colorado Springs with the Fort Carson-based U.S. Army unit that made the promise to this boy, and all of the soldiers and attendees were aware of my role and thanked me. I also spent considerable time trying to find a family for him in Detroit’s Chaldean community (his mother was supposed to have been Chaldean–Iraqi Christian), but my efforts at that were unsuccessful. The boy, himself, whom soldiers called “Steve-O” (after the stunt guy from “Jackass”) and who was known to me as Jasim Hussin, was not my client. He was 14 when I met him and could barely speak any English. The story was covered in People, and when I was at the party, Oprah’s producers were there shooting footage for a segment that was taped in Chicago for her daily talk show the following Monday. A book, “Soldier’s Promise,” was written by the unit’s commanding officer, with the possibility of a movie based on it. All of the soldiers in the unit felt a tremendous commitment to repay the uncommon bravery of this young boy, as they felt he saved their lives.
Time flies, and now, just eight years later, this boy–who now goes by the names “Jasim Mohammed Hassin Ramadon” and “Jay Hendrex”–is married with a child, himself. He is 22 and, as with the four other suspects charged with the crime, he is a legal permanent resident facing deportation if he is convicted. Whoever did this should do a long stretch in prison and be deported. You know my views on bringing Muslim immigrants to America for no good reason. This is the expected result when we take people out of the world’s jihadist killing fields and insert them onto American soil and expect them to have our values. Did the brave Iraqi hero participate? His wife says no–that the other four are violent, but that’s a typical wife’s defense of her husband, especially when they have a young child to raise. It is my understanding from media reports I read last night, that a year after he got here, the unit that brought this boy to America was sent back to Iraq for a year, and the boy found himself in the foster care system. Did that have any effect on the boy? Maybe, but foster care in America is heaven compared to daily life in Iraq. Regardless, it is not an excuse for a hideous violent rape of a 50-year-old woman. And if this guy did this, he should have the book thrown at him and get sent back home to Iraq. Remember, all five of the suspects, before the rape charges, would have qualified under Barack Obama’s ridiculous DREAM Act amnesty which began yesterday. Are they “as American as you and I, except on paper,” as Obama claimed when he announced the program? No way. Not even close. They are probably violent gang rapists. And they nearly murdered this woman, according to news reports.
You know my views on the Islamic and Arabic cultures. But while brutality and inhumane treatment of women is inherent in that community, I thought this boy was different. At such a young age, he had something special–something rare and uncommon–in him because he risked his own life and everything he knew to save American boys. It was truly heroic, and that is why I went out of my way to contribute my help and a great deal of my time, and I was proud of my very small role. And so it is hard for me to believe that he actually committed the brutal rape. And I hope the allegations about him are false–that it is just the other four Iraqi Muslims who committed this horrible crime, after they served the woman a drink that was apparently laced with some sort of date rape drug. Am I being naive? Did he do this crime or is it guilt by association? It is possible that he is one of those charged as an accessory and that the connection to that is tenuous. We’ll see. What do you think?
The Other Rape Suspects . . .
Sarmad Fadhi Mohammed, Mustafa Sataar Al-Feraji, Ali Mohammed Hasan Al-Juboori & Yasir Jabbar Jasim
Colorado Springs arrested five Iraqi men Tuesday in connection with what police are calling a “rare” and “horrific” sexual assault.
Colorado Springs Lt. Howard Black told FOX21 Colorado Springs that the woman police believe the men sexually assaulted at the Wildridge Apartments suffered from injuries that could have been life-threatening.
“I have been a police officer for a lot of years,” Black said. “When I look at the injuries, this is one of the more severe sexual assault cases I have been a part of and investigated.”
Sarmad Fadhi Mohammed and Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon were arrested for the actual sexual assault Tuesday. Mustafa Sataar Al Feraji, Ali Mohammed Hasan Al Juboori and Yasir Jabbar Jasim were arrested as accessories to sexual assault.
All five men are are from Iraq and living in the U.S. legally as permanent residents. All five are in their 20s. If convicted, there is a possibility they could be deported.
Police said the sexual assault occurred on July 21, and started when an elderly woman who works nights responded to two groups of men appearing to be on the brink of a fight at around 1:30 a.m. The woman, who was checking her mail at the time, was able to successfully defuse the fight. Afterwards, one of the men involved in the altercation invited her back to his apartment.
At the apartment, the woman drank “what she believed to be lemonade” with four men in their 20s, according to the report. She cannot recall anything after that.
According to police, doctors at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, where the woman was later admitted, said she suffered from internal injuries that appeared to be caused by blunt force trauma. When police arrived on scene of the apartment, they found blood splattered on the walls.
According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Ramadon, one of the men accused of the sexual assault, was featured in “A Soldier’s Promise,” a 2009 combat memoir penned by Army First Sgt. Daniel Hendrex about the time he spent deployed in the Iraqi town of Husaybah.
Hendrex described helping Ramadon in his effort to immigrate to the U.S. in exchange for vital information the youngster — 14 at the time — provided Hendrex’s unit about local insurgents.
My heart goes out to the woman who is the victim of this horrible crime and her family. I hope she has a complete and speedy recovery. Say a prayer for her.
**** UPDATE #2: It doesn’t look good. One Colorado TV news report >says Jasim Ramadon is the suspected rapist:
Jasim Ramadon is the man investigators believe physically assaulted and abused the 53-year-old woman on Saturday, July 21st at the Wildridge apartments in the 2500 block of Gold Rush Drive. Sarmad Mohammed allegedly exposed himself to her.
The other three, Ali Al Juboori, Yasir Jasim and Mustafa Sataar are accused of covering up the crimes involving their friends. It slowed down the investigation for nearly a month until their August 13th arrests.
The victim says it started that Saturday night after she broke up a fight between two groups of men outside her apartment complex. She had just come home after practicing for a singing competition. The woman then remembers going into an apartment with four men in their 20s. They complained to her about being called terrorists. She was given a cup of what she was believed was lemonade and doesn’t remember what happened next. After the alleged attack, Jasim Ramadon left with the woman. He came back to the apartment without her allegedly saying, “Man she’s going to die and there was blood everywhere.” The woman called Springs Police the next day.
Officers say there was blood soaked clothes and shoes inside her apartment.
Disgusting and tragic.
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