JWU students charged with sexually assaulting women in Pawtucket

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Four Johnson & Wales University students have been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two women in a Pawtucket apartment last week.

On Friday, city police responded to Women and Infants Hospital after a female reported being assaulted. Police said the 18-year-old stated she and a friend, also 18, went out to a club in Providence the previous night.

According to police, the women met three males there, one of whom they knew from attending JWU, and accompanied them to an apartment on Central Avenue.

One of the women told police that one man – identified as 20-year-old Mohammed Alsaqer – took her into the bathroom and raped her. She said she was then assaulted by two other males.

The second woman reported that she was groped by at least one of the men, identified by police as Yazeed Alasiri, 23.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the apartment where the alleged assaults took place and interviewed the suspects and alleged victims. As a result, Alsaqer and Alasiri were taken into custody, Alsaqer on a first-degree sexual assault charge and Alasiri on a second-degree sexual assault charge.

The women told police they believe they were drugged before being assaulted.

Later on Tuesday, Pawtucket police detectives arrested two additional suspects at Johnson & Wales with the assistance of campus police.

Mohammed Aljohani, 20, and Tareq Alharbi, 22, are both charged with first-degree sexual assault.

All four suspects are from Saudi Arabia, according to police.

Alsaqer and Alasiri were arraigned Tuesday. Alsaqer was ordered held until a bail hearing Oct. 19, and bail for Alasiri was set at $100,000 with surety. He’s due back in court in December.

In a statement Tuesday, Johnson & Wales said the students have been suspended from all campus activity pending the outcome of the investigation.

At Johnson & Wales University, when sexual violence is alleged, it is the university’s position to interimly suspend the accused pending resolution of the Conduct Review Process. Students found responsible are subject to disciplinary sanctions, including permanent dismissal from the university.

Additionally, the university takes a proactive stance to educate its students about sexual assault prevention and has resources in place to offer comfort, support, protection, and assistance to victims.”

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