WEST GOSHEN, PA - Lirim Rufati, a 24-year-old West Goshen man, is facing kidnapping and rape charges after he allegedly abused and raped his wife for about a year the tried to deport her as punishment for talking to police.
The victim, who is not being named by police, is a 22-year-old Macedonian citizen who met Rufati in her home country. Rufati was introduced to the woman and her family by his uncle. The families arranged the marriage and the couple moved to the United States shortly after their vows.
While in the States, the victim became friends with a neighbor and informed her that Rufati was repeatedly abusing her. She asked the neighbor to call police if she ever heard screams or any other unusual sounds coming from her apartment. On Jan 2, that neighbor called police after hearing an altercation in Rufati’s apartment.
Police interviewed the victim and she told them that Rufati had been abusing her, physically and sexually, for almost a year. Police ended up taking her to a hotel for the night, but Rufati tracked her down the next day. On Jan. 3, the neighbor that called police the previous night called again to reported that Rufati and his father had kidnapped the woman and had taken her to JFK airport against her will.
Rufati planned on sticking his wife on a plane bound for Macedonia as punishment for speaking with the police. He reportedly watched to make sure she checked-in but once she was out of site the woman called police. Port Authority was quickly notified and located the victim as she was traveling through customs. She explained she did not want to leave the country, but was being forced to by her husband.
Rufati was arrested on Friday and charged with kidnapping to inflict injury or terror, false imprisonment, rape, deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated assault. He was transported to Chester County Prison after failing to post his $250,000 cash-only bail. No word on charges for his father for aiding and abetting him.