An African migrant was arrested for beating and raping a woman in France this month, according to reports.
The horrifying incident unfolded at around midnight on February 12 in Saint-Étienne, a city in the department of Loire.
A 40-year-old woman was on her way home from work when she was pursued by a suspect riding an electric scooter.
"Violently assaulted, with injuries that led to bleeding, the victim lost consciousness. However, she was able to find help from a neighbor after the departure of her attacker," Actu reports.
The victim was hospitalized and had only vague memories of the sexual assault.
DNA samples were taken but did not return any matches from the national database.
Amid an extensive investigation, officers later spotted an individual in the city center matching a description of the suspect obtained from CCTV footage.
On February 23, authorities raided a residence where the suspect was staying and found a scooter coated in traces of the victim's blood, as well as clothes likely worn during the attack.
The suspect was arrested and later identified as a 21-year-old Tunisian national who has been staying with his brothers in France for around two months.
"The man suspected of the rape provided several outlandish explanations while in police custody, first denying the facts before claiming that it was a conspiracy," Actu reports.
When presented to a judge, he professed to have no memory of the events.
Legal proceedings are ongoing.
A heated debate over violent crime and lawlessness tied to mass migration has been raging in France.
Military leaders have fired off multiple incendiary letters in recent years, warning the Macron government of looming "civil war" if strong measures are not taken to regain control of a society spiraling into chaos.
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