Saratoga County

Man charged with rape after raid

A city man was charged with rape in a raid on two Walworth Street apartments that city police conduc
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A city man was charged with rape in a raid on two Walworth Street apartments that city police conducted with immigration officials Thursday morning.

Police said Raul Martinez-Aguilar, 21, of 101 Walworth St., paid for sex with a 14-year-old girl. He was charged with patronizing a prostitute and rape, both felonies. Three other men were arrested in May for allegedly prostituting the same teen.

Lt. Gregory Veitch of the city police department said he was not sure whether Martinez-Aguilar was here legally, but U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers suspected illegal immigrants were living in two apartments at 101 and 96 Walworth St., so they accompanied city police to those homes at 7 a.m. Thursday.

During the joint investigation, city police said they discovered two men with fake cards declaring they were U.S. residents.

Gelacio C. Reyes, 22, of 96 Walworth St. and Angel B. Merino, 20, of 101 Walworth St. were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony. They are in the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

In addition to the three men city police arrested, ICE agents took seven more men into custody who were allegedly illegal immigrants.

Veitch said the arrested men were not employees at Saratoga Race Course. He declined to say what they were doing in Saratoga Springs.

The two homes are tied to another police investigation on which Veitch declined comment.

Only Martinez-Aguilar was believed to have had contact with the teen, whom police said he raped at his home at 9 p.m. May 11. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

The seven alleged illegal immigrants were taken to Albany and held on $5,000 bond each pending immigration hearings.

They are: Lino Guzman-Lopez, 19; Arnulfo Martinez-Reyes, 16; Guillermo Reyes-Reyes, 24; Crispin Martinez-Martinez, 26; Martimiamo Vasquez-Lopez, 20; Jorge Reyes-Merino, 18; and Marcclino Martinez-Aguilar, 18.

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