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Iraqi refugee arrested after posing as an Uber driver and assaulting a woman

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Hamden police arrested a man who posed as an Uber driver and sexually assaulted a woman in new Haven in January. 

According to police, within 24 hour of the incident, Ahmad Bahjat, 29, of New Haven, who is a refugee from Iraq, fled the United States. He flew to Toronto, Canada, Turkey and Jordan. 

Police responded to Yale- New Haven Hospital on January 31 to meet with a sexual assault victim. 

The female told police that she left a New Haven bar and walked to a parking area designated for taxi and Uber drivers. The victim got into a car, which she believed was being operated by an Uber driver. 

The victim suffered injuries to her neck, knees and wrist. 

According to police, while driving to the victim's house, Bahjat parked his car in a parking lot and viciously sexually assaulted her. Bahjat then drover the victim to the area where she lives. She quickly got out of the car and left her personal items. 

On February 11, the United State Custom Service/ Border Protection detained Bahjat at JFK International Airport in New York. He was attempting to re-enter the U.S. He was incarcerated in New York and waited to be extradited to Connecticut. 

On February 26, Hamden Police arrested Bahjat. He was charged with first degree sexual assault, first degree kidnapping and first degree unlawful restraint. 

Bahjat is being detained on a court-ordered $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on March 11. 

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