Homeless man who raped US tourist in public toilet nabbed by victim's BF and group of women
PARIS, FRANCE: A homeless man has been charged with rape after an attack on an American tourist in Paris. The man, who is 23 and originally from North Africa, is said to have approached the American woman, 27, in a public toilet opposite Notre Dame Cathedral and by the Louis-Philippe bridge. For legal reasons, neither the attacker nor his victim can be identified, but Paris prosecutors said the attack occurred in the early hours of last Sunday, August 7 morning.
The incident happened when the woman stopped shortly after 1 am to use a public toilet near the Louis-Philippe bridge in the fourth arrondissement. The toilet, located near local bars, is regarded as secure and well-maintained. It was one of the new amenities installed six years ago when the riverside area became car-free.
According to an investigating source, "The American woman was walking along the bank of the Seine at the end of a Saturday night out with her partner when she entered the toilet block," a local Parisian newspaper Le Parisien reported. "It is well lit, and there were plenty of people around, but the woman’s partner became concerned when she remained inside for a long time", they added.
When the woman's partner entered the restrooms, he heard her crying and realized she was being attacked in a cubicle. The victim managed to flee, and her partner and other women in the restroom were able to trap the alleged rapist in a cubicle. When the police arrived, they were able to apprehend the man. He was charged with rape after being questioned.
He denied committing any wrongdoing, claiming a "consensual arrangement with the woman," but was remanded in custody. The woman was taken to Pitie-Salpetrière hospital in eastern Paris and treated for her injuries. The woman has since returned to the United States with her partner, but she remains in contact with French authorities.
The area where the attack occurred is always crowded with tourists, and it includes Paris Plage, an urban ''beach'' with a variety of holiday attractions, and is busy both during the day and at night by tourists and Parisians out for a drink in the evening or picnicking by the river. However, there are frequent reports of lawlessness, particularly of aggressive youths threatening bystanders.