A preacher who was accused of beating, robbing and raping prostitutes he met for sex has been arrested by the police in Maryland. Gabriel Omogbo of Hyattsville, Maryland, is charged with attempted first degree murder, armed robbery, first degree assault and reckless endangerment.
According to his Facebook page, Gabriel Omogbo preaches at the Celestial Church of Christ in Riverdale, and is a former student at the Bowie State University. Police believe that the 33-year-old used the website Backpage.com to find female escorts and arranged to meet up with them.
According to WJLA, the first two attacks happened at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Rockville and on both occasions he is accused of raping and stealing from two women he had met online.
A third attack took place at the Radison Hotel in Rockville, where he is accused of threatening a woman with a knife.
He ordered the woman to take off her clothes before reportedly telling her ‘You are going to die today.’
He then beat her, cutting her arms, legs and hands and stole her iPad, cell phone and $300. The woman survived and told police that before he fled the hotel room offered her a glass of water.
He was arrested after police traced CCTV footage from the hotels as well as collecting DNA evidence from each of the rooms. He also works as a security guard and currently lives at home with his parents.