CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Honduran man who has entered the United States illegally three times is facing charges for allegedly kidnapping and raping his estranged girlfriend after taking her from Missouri to New Jersey.
Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Oct. 14 against Jose Amaya-Vasquez, who was arrested in May at a motel in Bellmawr, New Jersey. He made an initial appearance in front of a federal judge in Camden Monday and was detained.
His public defender didn't immediately return a phone message seeking comment on the accusations.
He faces state charges in New Jersey for sexual assault and weapons offenses.
Authorities say he kidnapped the woman at knifepoint in Kansas City, Missouri. He's accused of sexually assaulting her at a vacant house in Missouri, an Ohio motel and a Bellmawr motel.
Amaya-Vasquez was deported from the U.S. twice in 2014.