WOODS HOLE, MA – On Monday, Massachusetts State Police arrested Bruno Sanches De Jesus, 20, on Route 28, just north of Falmouth, after a description of the commercial vehicle in which he was seen, was sent out to law enforcement in the area.
A teenage girl reported that she was raped on the Steamship Authority ferry from Martha’s Vineyard to Woods Hole, and was able to provide a very detailed description of her attacker.
Following an investigation by the State Police Detective Unit for the Cape and Islands, the Portuguese national was placed under arrest.
Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings said that as a result of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office being a part of the ICE 287g program for Jails, the information was put together quickly, resulting in an Immigration Detainer being lodged Wednesday.
The sheriff says this action prevented Sanches De Jesus from being back on the street.
De Jesus has been charged with two counts of rape, and his next court appearance is scheduled for June 29.
*Though the suspect's visa expired in 2019, he has been allowed to live and work in Massachusetts, as the Commonwealth employs a statewide 'sanctuary' policy.