Two sexual assaults and a stabbing have occurred within the past two months, while city officials in Twin Falls, Idaho tout the Muslim refugee resettlement program as something good for the community.
After the June 2 sexual assault on a 5-year-old girl by three Muslim refugee youths, Twin Falls, Idaho fell into the national spotlight as a city that has brought in hundreds of Muslim refugees, where many are employed at a Chobani yogurt factory, owned by a Turkish immigrant.
On June 14, a local news station in Twin Falls, Idaho, KMVT, sought to boost the image of Islam, and recover the bad rap Twin Falls authorities were getting over their own cover-up of the recent incident in their town, by interviewing some of the refugees at the local mosque after 49 people were slaughtered by a Muslim man in the Orlando shooting two days earlier.
The Islamic Center of Twin Falls said they condemned the Orlando nightclub shooting, and wanted everyone to know that Islam is peace. One Muslim man who commented on the Orlando shooting was Mohammed Hussein Ibraheim Eldai.
“These bad people they do this stuff in the name of Islam, and Islam doesn’t say it like that,” said Eldai. “Now the picture of Islam is getting worse because, I don’t know. I… hope these people are going to give up.”
Now, the same man, who condemned the Orlando attack, has been arrested Saturday, August 6, for committing a sexual attack – on a mentally retarded woman in Twin Falls. Eldai is accused of – and has admitted to – taking the woman to his house, inappropriately touching her and exposing himself to her, with the intention of raping her. He is being held in the Twin Falls County Jail on a $10,000 bond and his first hearing is scheduled for August 19th. He faces up to 15 years in prison, a $25,000 fine, or both, if convicted.
Yet another incident in Twin Falls occurred on July 28. Mulugeta Zemu Mana, 32, a refugee from the African country of Eritrea, was arrested for trying to stab another refugee man, Samuel Gebreegziabher. Mana and Gebreegziabher reportedly both came to the U.S. about four years ago, but had not seen each other in three years.
Mana had left Twin Falls at some point, and had been living as a homeless person in Salt Lake City, Utah. He reportedly stated that he came back to Twin Falls to kill Gebreegziabher and two others.
Mana said in an interview with Twin Falls police officer Dzevad Mustafic (who is a refugee from Bosnia), “there are two ways to handling your issues in America; one way is through the courts and if that does not work the other options is to handle it yourself.”
During his initial hearing after his arrest, Mana told the judge that he didn’t care about the charges against him. The judge told him the prosecution was seeking a $1 million bond, and Mana laughed, saying, “I told you I don’t care. Now, you can even make it $100 million, I don’t care. I’ve told you from the beginning I don’t care.” So… the judge set his bond at $100 million.
“I’m only guilty the day I decided to come to this country,” he said through the interpreter. “The only guilt I have is the day I decided to come to this country,” he said again.
Mana already has an extensive criminal record built up during the time he’s been in the United States, including a DUI charge and a public intoxication charge. He was also arrested the day before the attempted stabbing for causing a scene in a convenience store.
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