ROCKVILLE – A 46-year-old-man was charged with first-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor and first-degree assault of a then-16-year-old girl in August 2018.
Nelson Reyes-Medrano, 46, was arrested on Aug. 14 after being accused of a rape committed last year in Germantown. According to police, the victim, who was a 16-year-old, was taking a nap in her bedroom when Reyes-Medrano entered the apartment she lived in. He woke her up and got on top of her as he held a kitchen knife on his right hand. Police say in the documents that the victim did not recognize the weapon, alleging that attack was premeditated and planned.
According to the victim, she froze as Reyes-Medrano repeated twice to “take your clothes off.” When the victim did not respond to the demand, he pressed the knife on her neck and threatened to hurt her with the weapon, according to the charging documents. As she began to cooperate, Reyes-Medrano demanded that she moved faster and pointed the sharp end of the knife at her again.
“Reyes-Medrano then removed Victim A’s clothing, including tearing her shirt in the process,” according to the charging documents. “Reyes-Medrano undressed himself…(and) repositioned himself directly on top of Victim A on the bed.”
Reyes-Medrano assaulted the victim for “a very long time” until a noise was made into the apartment. After getting dressed, he left the apartment following the incident, according to the charges.
Following his arrest, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announced that Reyes-Medrano was an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador and that they sent a detainer to the Montgomery County Detention Center. In his bond hearing, officials said that he has no criminal record. Due to the nature of the crimes and ICE’s detainer, the judge ordered that he remain in jail until his trial.
Reyes-Medrano becomes the latest undocumented immigrant arrested in the county for a rape charge since an executive order signed by Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich barring local agencies from having contact with ICE.
Following the arrest of two undocumented immigrants in the rape of a then-11-year-old, Elrich clarified on Aug. 14 the policy does not apply to “individuals charged with serious crimes.”
“The County’s Department of Correction and Rehabilitation will notify ICE if the suspects become eligible for release, but until then, they will remain in our custody until the local legal process is complete,” Elrich said. “Montgomery County is a welcoming community that values the diversity of communities that are made up of people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and nations.”
Court records show that Reyes-Medrano stands at 5-foot-6, weighing 165 pounds who lived in Forest Terrace in Hyattsville. He is married with 10 children and last worked at a bakery in Prince George’s County. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a life term in prison plus an additional 50 years.
Online records show that the next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 6.