An 18-year old Everett man is being held this week in connection with the alleged rape of an 18-year old Everett woman who was found unconscious in a driveway in the early morning hours of March 7.
According to Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office, Sami Sherif, 18, of Everett was ordered held in custody at his arraignment on Monday, May 30, pending a 58a hearing that is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1. Sherif was arrested and booked at the Everett Police Station on Friday, March 27.
A 58a hearing is conducted by the court in cases where a violent crime has been committed, to determine if the suspect defendant presents a danger to the community or the alleged victim. If the accused is determined to be dangerous, it could lead to a high bail or held without bail finding by the court.
“The victim was assaulted and then left outside on the ground,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Doctors who treated her at the hospital say she was severely hypothermic with a weak heartbeat and a temperature of 77 degrees. While she fortunately is home from the hospital now, she is still recovering from the trauma she experienced. And while the circumstances of her assault are believed to be known, there is still an active investigation into what occurred hours earlier at a gathering she attended in the neighborhood.”
Everett Police Chief Steven Mazzie clarified those remarks, saying that detectives continue to look into the circumstances surrounding the victim’s assault, mainly that she had been a guest at a house party where underage drinking had occurred.
“We do know that there was an event which involved alcohol and that minors were drinking,” said Mazzie. “We continue to look into the circumstances and the investigation remains active.”
As for the investigation that led police and prosecutors to charge Sherif, officials said that detectives working the case interviewed a member of the victim’s family, as well as several individuals who were with the victim earlier in the evening.
According to a statement released by the District Attorney, accounts given to police indicate that the defendant left the party with the victim, then later returned to the party alone.
Medical professionals who treated the victim after she was found said that she was unconscious for two days, and doctors had initially given her just a 30-percent chance of surviving. However, her condition steadily improved and she is now home continuing her recovery with family.