DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Family members of accused rapist and refugee Jean Paul Mpanurwa say he denies any wrongdoing and they are standing by him.
Jean Paul Mpanurwa's mother and sister told 2 NEWS they are afraid of what will happen now that their son and brother is behind bars. Mpanurwa is charged with rape, felonious assault and kidnapping in connection with the attack of a 90 year old woman near a Dayton bike path. They said they are shocked he's in jail.
The women from The Democratic Republic of Congo agreed to talk as long as they didn't have to appear on camera. They didn't even want their names used.
Jean Paul Mpanurwa's mother speaks no English, his sister a little, so Zeph Bagambiki from Global to Local Language Solutions helped with the interview. They all understand Kinyarwanda.
Through Bagambiki they told 2 NEWS, "He knows of what he's accused, but he's denying it." They also said he understand how serious this is.
Mpanurwa came to Dayton to join his family after he was kicked out of the Job Corps in Utah. He had pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery in Davis County. His family contends he was set up by other students there.
They said, "He was involved in a fight with other young men. Then those young men to get rid of him, they called a lady and accused him of raping that lady."
The family thinks Dayton police suspect him in the rape of the 90-year-old woman because of his trouble in Utah. They police investigators have the wrong suspect.
The family is in the U.S. through The Resettlement Program for Refugees. They came to Dayton because they have friends here.
Mpanurwa's mother through the interpreter told 2 NEWS, "Considering what Jean Paul went through,saw people being killed back in that country, and he's detained, he thinks he's innocent and I'm afraid due to that situation he might get mad."
His mother described him as a "good boy."
As far as the disorderly conduct charge to which he pleaded guilty earlier this year in Montgomery County, they consider that more of a family squabble.
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