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OXFORD, Ohio - A man was arrested after he allegedly raped a Miami University student while she slept.
Police say 23-year-old Francisco Jairo Naupa Rivera was detained after they found him coming up the steps from the basement of a house early Friday morning.
Police say Rivera entered an unlocked house on E. Spring Street they believe with the intent to rape a woman who was asleep.
"She woke up to him standing over her," said Sgt. Jon Varley of the Oxford Police Department.
Varley told 9 News that she confronted him and scared him off but not before getting an accurate description of both Rivera and his car.
While police responded to Spring Street, Rivera allegedly crept into another unlocked house on East Collins Street. That's where police believe he sneaked into the basement and attacked the sleeping 20-year-old while she slept.
Armed with a description of Rivera's car police say they found the house on Collins with open doors.
"The officers observed that the side door was ajar and the front door was open. Officers made entry into the house and when they did that they encountered Mr. Rivera coming up from the basement," said Varley.
Police began to question Rivera about why he was in the house.
"Initially Mr. Rivera tried to give officers a story that quickly fell apart and he was taken into custody. From where he was coming from there was a bedroom and the female that resides in that bedroom told the officers that she had been raped," said Varley.
Rivera has been charged with burglary and aggravated burglary for allegedly entering the two houses and rape. All victims were Miami University students, but Rivera is not a student there.
In fact, police tell 9 News that Rivera is an illegal immigrant from Mexico who up until Aug. 9 was being detained at the Butler County jail on orders from Immigration and Customs Enforcement or I.C.E.
Rivera was ordered held on Nov. 1 of last year after he was charged with receiving stolen property and theft.
Sgt. Monte Mayer of the Butler County Sheriff's Office told 9 News that on Aug. 9 I.C.E. removed the "hold" on Rivera and he was released.
9 News spoke to Khaalid Walls, a spokesman for I.C.E., who said that his agency has, once again, ordered that Rivera be held. As of this writing Walls was unable to explain, however, why Rivera was held last November and why he was subsequently released last month.
Rivera is back at the Butler County Jail where an arraignment date has not yet been set.
Oxford police and Miami University police would like to remind the residents of Oxford to remember to lock their doors when they are not home and before they go to bed at night. If you have any information about these crimes or similar crimes, please contact the Oxford Police Department.
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