Suspect in U.S. illegally held without bond after Prattville rape

Published: May. 16, 2023 at 11:52 AM CDT|Updated: May. 16, 2023 at 12:31 PM CDT
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PRATTVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) - A suspect in the United States illegally will remain behind bars in Autauga County after being charged with rape, court documents say.

According to court records, Grevi Geovani Rivera-Zavala, 29, of Honduras, is charged with rape first degree.

A court deposition shows the incident happened Saturday inside a restaurant located on Cobbs Ford Road. The victim told investigators Rivera-Zavala forced her into a stall in the women’s restroom, held her down and raped her.

District Attorney CJ Robinson said the teenage victim did not know Rivera-Zavala and the incident was a random attack.

Rivera-Zavala has a criminal record in Honduras, Robinson added. He was originally detained at the Texas border in 2021 under a different name but was later fingerprinted and allowed into the country.

“This rape never should have happened,” Robinson said.

A judge ruled Monday to deny Rivera-Zavala’s bond citing him to be a potential flight risk and a threat to the community at large. The judge also cited Aniah’s Law as part of the reason for denying bond.

Rivera-Zavala remains in the Autauga County Jail.

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