African Migrant Charged With Raping Wheelchair-Bound Woman

February 8, 2020 by Dave Gibson

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) – A woman in a wheelchair was raped by a man she met on a dating app, according to the Salt Lake City Police Department.

The victim told police that on May 18, 2019, she met 32-year-old Shafi Warsame Awale for a date.

Police say Awale drove the woman to an unknown apartment complex somewhere in Salt Lake County.

He parked, and that’s when police say he both vaginally and anally raped her.

Awale then drove the woman to a coffee shop and dropped her off, according to authorities. Police say security camera footage from the coffee shop shows Awale dropping the woman off.

When police interviewed Awale, which didn’t happen until Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, more than eight months after the alleged attack, they say he denied ever meeting the woman several times.

Police showed Awale a photo of him dropping the victim off at the coffee shop and he admitted to police it was him in the photo.

Police got Awale’s phone number and say it’s the same number provided by the victim in the initial rape report.

*Awale came to this country from Somalia.