Idaho: Somali Arrested in Rape Investigation

The story widely reported in the local media a month ago simply says a “Boise man” was arrested and charged in late May on suspicion of rape and kidnapping.

Here it is at the Idaho Press, but the story is almost the same everywhere else it is published. (Hat tip: Phil):

Boise man arrested on suspicion of December rape

Siyad Matan, 21, is charged with rape and kidnapping, according to online court records.

Police believe on Dec. 27 he sexually assaulted a woman in a parked car, according to Haley Williams, police spokeswoman. Police also believe Matan wouldn’t let the woman leave the car during the course of the incident, which is relevant for the kidnapping charge.

Matan knew the woman, according to Williams. Police investigated the incident, and sent their investigation to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office. Matan was arrested Tuesday, according to Williams.

Matan appeared in court Wednesday afternoon and a judge set his bail at $50,000, according to online court records. His next court appearance is set for June 3. [I am not seeing any news about what happened with his court appearance now nearly two weeks ago, one more case the media doesn’t want you to know about?—ed]

I want to know if Matan is a refugee resettled in Idaho.

Searching around on the internet I came across the name Siyad Matan who is a Somali refugee track star in Idaho who garnered a lot of attention in the liberal press.  See for example this story from 2016.

From the Idaho Statesman:

Refugees find home with Borah cross country

Is it the same guy? Does anyone know? Are there no curious reporters in the local press? And what happened to the case, the arrest was a month ago?  Surely he has appeared in court.  Why no follow-up (that I can find)?

Calling all Idaho readers!  Let me know if you see anything further or if you can confirm if the track star Siyad Matan (now a student at the College of Southern Idaho) is also the alleged rapist Siyad Matan.

 

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