Muslim Refugee Rapes Michigan Woman for Hours-Fiction! 

Summary or eRumor:

A Syrian refugee was arrested for raping and beating a pregnant woman in Hamtramck, Michigan, in May 2017.

The Truth:

A photo of South American woman who was the victim of domestic abuse has been misidentified as a Michigan woman who was beaten and raped by a Muslim refugee in Michigan.

Rumors that a 40-year Syrian refugee who’d been in the United States since 2013 was arrested and charged with beating and raping the pregnant woman started with a post appearing at EEUUNews.com, a website that “does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy.”

The post, which appears under the headline,”The pregnant woman is raped by a ‘Muslim refugee’: ‘The son of a bit*ch raped me for hours,'” shows graphic images of a woman with severe facial injuries and states:

A refugee from Syria has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 38-year-old woman in HAMTRAMCK, Michigan.
The woman was attacked , on Sunday.

The suspect, 40, who has lived in USA since 2013, was charged with rape and placed in police custody.

Paola told her about her experience on Facebook. I finish with fractured skull, broken septum and bruises all over the body.

However, these photos actually show an Argentine woman named Paola Mascambruni who was the victim of domestic abuse. Mascambruni told her story to MSN, which published a story about her ordeal on March 30, 2017:

On Thursday, March 16, after receiving “one more chance”, Picolini hit her for two hours : “She locked the doors , undressed me , grabbed my shoulders and with my back broke a window. The whole body, tried to hang me.The softest thing he said was ‘whore’ I asked him to calm down I would say: ‘Rodrigo, please, you’re going to kill me.’ “And he said yes, of course, That he was going to kill me. “

Photos of Mascambruni’s injuries didn’t appear in that report. A friend of Mascambruni posted them on social media to raise awareness, and Mascambruni added the post to her timeline:

Pictures of a domestic abuse victim from Argentina have been misidentified as a rape victim from Michigan.

Translated, the caption on the post reads, “Outraged, angry 😡, helpless in the face of such impunity. Enough to beat us, kill us, so much hate and machismo disgusting. Today a friend Paola Lola Mascambruni was a victim of gender-based violence. The Father of her son locked her during HS, whacking it and quebrandole nose was able to escape and now he’s in jail, and there’s got to stay!!”

In the end, these photos show an Argentine victim of domestic abuse, not a pregnant woman who raped and beaten by a Syrian refugee. That’s why we’re calling this one “fiction.”

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Collected on: 05/16/2017