Police: Michigan Guest Worker Accused Of Rape Has Fled The Country

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A dual Bangladeshi-Canadian citizen accused of raping a University of Michigan student has likely fled the country, according to Ann Arbor police.

Shams Tabriz, a 30-year-old electrical engineer who was living in the U.S. on a guest worker visa originally skipped a probable cause hearing May 18. At the time, he was free on a 10 percent of $200,000 surety bond Magistrate Elisha Fink set at his May 9 arraignment. (RELATED: Guest Worker Accused Of Raping Michigan Woman Skips Town)

Now, police say, Tabriz is no longer in America.

“We have information that he fled the country,” Ann Arbor Police Lt. Detective Matthew Lige said Tuesday. “Detectives have been working with federal authorities to locate him.”

As a condition of his bond, Tabriz was ordered to turn over his passports and remain within the state for the duration of court proceedings. Police were in possession of the passports at the time of Tabriz’s probable cause hearing, reports

Tabriz’s defense attorney, who told a judge that he “very bad feeling” about his client’s disappearance, confirmed that Tabriz has lived in the U.S. on multiple occasions before his latest five month stint.

Tabriz faces charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree home invasion and two counts of assault and battery. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in Ann Arbor’s Landmark Apartments in the early morning hours of May 6.

Tabriz, who lived in the same apartment building, allegedly broke into the woman’s apartment, where she was sleeping with two other roommates. He then “inappropriately touched” the two roommates before sexually assaulting the young woman, police say.

Lige said the investigation is ongoing and did not offer further comments.

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