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Latino Daily News

Sunday March 31, 2013

2 Men Arrested For Raping Tourist in Brazil

Two men were arrested for robbing and raping a foreign tourist aboard a microbus in Rio de Janeiro and beating her boyfriend, Brazilian police said Sunday.

Jonathan Foudakis de Souza, 20, and Wallace Aparecido Souza Silva, 22, were arrested in the neighboring city of Sao Gonzalo on Saturday night, just a few hours after the incident occurred.

The victims identified the two suspects, one of whom was the driver of the microbus.

The tourist, whose identity and nationality have not been released, told investigators that she and her boyfriend were attacked in the early morning hours Saturday while riding from the Copacabana district to the Lapa section, police said.

The suspects ordered the other passengers to get off the bus in the Botafogo district and took the foreigners to the nearby city of Niteroi, holding them hostage for six hours, police said.

The victims were robbed and left in Itaborai, another Rio de Janeiro suburb, where they requested assistance from police.

The tourists provided police with information about the microbus that allowed investigators to quickly identify the owner and find the person who rented it to use for public transportation.

One of the suspects had the woman’s cell phone in his possession, police said.

A Brazilian woman went to the same police station and told officers that the suspects, who do not have prior criminal records, raped her a week earlier on the same microbus.

The woman saw the men’s photos on the Internet and recognized them as the individuals who picked her up in a microbus in Copacabana, abducted and raped her, and later left her in Sao Gonzalo.