Loyal Berkshire County readers, you may recall an article we published recently regarding the capture and arrest of suspected serial rapist Ali Ghaffar. He is the man believed to be responsible for at least six violent sexual assaults on women in the West Springfield/Springfield area.
Ghaffar, of West Springfield, was arrested March 31 in West Springfield in the Bear Hole Reservoir area. The reservoir is the same area where Ghaffar allegedly assaulted six women at gunpoint.
At the time of his arrest, Ghaffar had another victim in his car. He was identified by two of his victims. He was held under lock and key pending his hearing on dangerousness.
Last Thursday, April 21, 2022, Ghaffar had his “day in court” (well, at least his first day in court), and surprise, surprise. After his dangerousness hearing, Ghaffar was found to be a “danger” to the community. He will be detained for at least another 4 months.
According to WWLP/22 News Springfield, Ghaffar was charged with the following counts:
- Aggravated rape (4 counts)
- Abduction (4 counts)
- Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (3 counts)
- Threatens to commit a crime (5 counts)
- Assault with intent to rape
- Armed kidnapping with sexual assault
- Rape (2 counts)
At Ghaffar’s dangerousness hearing on Thursday, he pleaded not guilty to all charges. For the record, according to prosecutors, all of the victims were able to identify Ghaffar from a battery of photos. Moreover, Ghaffar’s DNA was linked to all the crimes.
The next scheduled court appearance for Ghaffar is later next month. Read more about the story on the WWLP website here.
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