Yet another culture-enriching “youth” in Barcelona has expressed his youthful exuberance by coercing women to alleviate his sexual emergencies.
Many thanks to Pampasnasturtium for translating this article from the Catalonian daily La Vanguardia:
Regional police accuse an ‘unaccompanied foreign minor’ of six rapes in Barcelona
The 17-year old minor allegedly attacked women aged between 40 and 78
by Mayka Navarro
February 7, 2019
Last October, feminist organizations of the Poble Sec neighborhood gathered to publicly condemn two sexual attacks suffered by two (female) residents of the area. Another four women, one of them on the same surroundings of the Montjuïc Promenade and the other three around the Vall d’Hebron area were also sexually assaulted.
[Translator’s note: The two areas are quite distant from each other, but both have in common that they’re places where the city starts to fuse with the mountains that surround it, so there’s a mix of paved/built-up areas next to wooded, poorly-lit ‘natural’ walkways.]
The regional government’s police (‘Mossos d’Esquadra’) revealed yesterday that since the 7th of December of last year the alleged perpetrator of the six attacks has been in custody in a juvenile detention center. The suspect was identified and arrested after an extremely complicated investigation for which policemen had not a single image available. None of the victims was able to see his face.
None of the victims was able to see his face
Hardly any information about the alleged sexual attacker was provided yesterday, since he’s a minor. It did emerge as a matter of fact that he arrived in Spain last year from Morocco, and that he was under public guardianship in one of the regional government’s reception centers for minors, which he often escaped from. He consequently arrived in Barcelona with the last group of ‘unaccompanied foreign minors’ of last summer.
The attacks had generated widespread alarm in Poble Sec, where several organizations not only demonstrated, but many women changed their habits and stopped going out alone for a walk in the streets. There was no pattern in the (attacker’s) behavior. Victims fall into a range of ages that runs from 40 to 78 years old, and they were assaulted at all times of the day, during the dark night and in broad daylight. One thing is certain: in all of the assaults the attacker was careful to accost his victims when they were in a park area, without security cameras around that could tape them.
The victims were attacked from the back, at any time of the day, and with violence
Victims did agree, however, in stating that the attacker must have been young, of a considerable size, and some of them claimed that the shouts with which he intimidated them and ordered them not to shout or scream had an accent that could have been Arab.
He attacked them all from the back, threw them to the floor with force, and sexually assaulted them. He used great violence in his actions, hit some of them and in addition twice took the money the women had with them.
Detectives of the group against sexual attacks in Barcelona took a while to connect all the assaults to a single perpetrator. Between the first and the second attack a month passed. The remaining four took place in just ten days. The last one happened on the 5th of December. Two days after that, the suspect was arrested after detectives took to walking the streets of the two areas in which he would act, trying to come across a detail one of the victims had provided. Policemen have been able to trace all of the attacks to him due to a DNA match in some cases and via images recorded on the metro in which, once arrested, it was discovered he had used in coincidence with some of the rapes.
[Translator’s note: This last sentence does not make sense in the original piece in Spanish, but due to the construction of the sentence it may refer to his clothes.]