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Crime Scene Photos: Seattle Woman Escapes After Being Kidnapped, Sexually Assaulted and Locked in ‘Dungeon’ by Man Posing as Cop, Police Say

Seattle Woman Kidnapped, Raped, Locked in 'Dungeon': Police
Source: FBI Portland

Aug. 3 2023, Published 6:05 p.m. ET

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An Oregon man has been arrested after he allegedly kidnapped a sex worker from Seattle, then sexually assaulted her and locked her in a homemade “dungeon” in his garage, according to authorities.

On July 15, detectives went to Sky Lakes Medical Center to speak with the victim of a rape, according to the Klamath Falls Police Department.

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Seattle Woman Kidnapped, Raped, Locked in 'Dungeon': Police
Source: AP

The victim, who remains unnamed, told authorities she met up with Negasi Zuberi around midnight on July 14. He told the woman that he was a police officer and he was arresting her. She said he looked like a police officer because he had a Taser, gun and other equipment.

Zuberi allegedly put her in handcuffs and chained her legs together, then drove her from Seattle to Klamath Falls, police said.

Seattle Woman Kidnapped, Raped, Locked in 'Dungeon': Police
Source: AP

During the drive to Seattle, Zuberi allegedly sexually assaulted and raped the victim. Once at the residence, he put the victim in a room, which the FBI called a “dungeon,” he constructed in his garage that included a “security screen door and an exterior door making it very difficult to get out of.”

According to the FBI, the victim “knew Zuberi would kill her if she stayed in the room.”

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Seattle Woman Kidnapped, Raped, Locked in 'Dungeon': Police
Source: FBI Portland

The woman “repeatedly banged on the door and was able to break the door open and escape the room,” the FBI said. Once outside, she caught the attention of a passing driver, who then called 911.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and went to Zuberi’s house, which is when they discovered the cell.

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Detectives were able to track Zuberi to Renp, Nevada, and contacted local authorities there. Reno police officers found Zuberi’s car in a Walmart parking lot, and after a brief standoff, he was taken into custody and transported to a nearby hospital, authorities said.

According to the FBI, they don’t think this woman was Zuberi’s first victim.

The FBI said he has been linked to incidents in California, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and New York, among others. Zuberi "has been linked to violent sexual assaults in at least four states" and other victims might know him as "Sakima," "Justin Hyche" or "Justin Kouassi."

The FBI added, “It is believed he may have used several different methods to gain control of his victims” and he would threaten the victims “with retaliation if they notify the police.”

In a press conference, prosecutors said they obtained a federal criminal complaint against Zuberi for interstate kidnapping. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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