A man accused of rape in Smyrna last year will be arraigned in court on Monday (Aug.18, 2014).
After spending the night with two female friends, Darwin Cruz was reportedly given a ride by one of the women who accused him of attacking her. The females told Smyrna police that Cruz pulled a large knife out and allegedly raped the victim inside her vehicle. Police reports indicate that the victim was able to convince Cruz to go back to her apartment where she was able to flee and call the police.
Shortly after WGNS posted a picture of Cruz in 2013, the suspect contacted the Smyrna Police Department and surrendered himself. On Monday, he will face a single charge of Aggravated Rape during his arraignment.
Cruz remains jailed under a $300,000 bond. If he figures out a way to post bond, he will still remain behind bars. WGNS confirmed on Thursday that he is also being held under an ICE Detainer.
What is an ICE Detainer:
You have likely heard on past WGNS news stories, an ICE detainer is a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement "detainer." An immigration detainer is a notice that the Department of Homeland Security issues to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to inform them that the immigration enforcement agency intends to assume custody of an individual that is currently in local law enforcement's custody.
According to the immigration enforcement service, detainers are critical for ICE to be able to identify and ultimately remove criminal aliens who are currently in federal, state or local custody.
Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
U.S. Customs and Immigration Agency
Judge Keith Siskin Docket