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4-year hunt ends with arrest in Mexico of alleged Fairfield rapist

December 20, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - The four-year hunt for a man accused of savagely beating and raping a Fairfield college student has ended.

Working on information from the U.S. Marshal Service, Mexican authorities surrounded a house in the south-central city of Puebla and arrested Edibaldo “Eddie” Duran.

Duran, 29, was charged with home invasion, first-degree aggravated sexual assault, first-degree strangulation, first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and sixth-degree larceny.

“We greatly appreciate the diligent efforts of all who assisted in the arrest and return of Edibaldo Duran to the jurisdiction of the state of Connecticut,” State’s Attorney John Smriga said Thursday. “We are especially thankful for the cooperation of the government of Mexico, and the efforts by the members of the U.S. Marshals Service and other federal agencies who secured his return.”

Duran was flown into Bradley Airport Wednesday night and was expected to be arraigned in Superior Court here later Thursday. He was being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.

In the early morning of Sept. 1, 2014, Labor Day, police said Duran broke into the Berkeley Road home of a Sacred Heart University student.

Police said Duran woke the victim up, then raped and beat her, choking her to the point of unconsciousness.

“After an intensive investigation, to include a scientific examination of physical evidence, the subject was positively identified as the person responsible for the attack, and an arrest warrant affidavit was signed for his arrest,” said Fairfield Police Lt. Robert Kalamaras.

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