Fairfield rapist gets 20 years
BRIDGEPORT - Five years after he fled to his native Mexico after savagely beating and raping a Fairfield college student, Edibaldo “Eddie” Duran stood before a judge on Friday, July 12, and apologized.
“I am very sorry, I never wanted to hurt anybody, I was not myself that day,” the 29-year-old Duran told Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin.
“You broke into her home at 2 o’clock in the morning and raped her,” the judge retorted. “You are a dangerous person, a violent person, an evil person. You are going to get 20 years in prison and then you are going to be deported — don’t come back to this country.”
Arrested last year in his native Puebla, Mexico, following a four-year hunt, Duran pleaded guilty to home invasion and aggravated first-degree sexual assault. He was sentenced by Devlin to 20 years followed by 10 years of special parole.
Police said that in the early morning of Sept. 1, 2014, Labor Day, Duran broke into the Berkeley Road home of a Sacred Heart University student.
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen Zingaro told the judge that the victim said she was awakened by the sound of her bedroom door opening. A man, later identified as Duran, entered the woman’s bedroom and told her he was looking for his dog.
When the woman screamed for Duran to leave, the prosecutor said, he struck her in the face and then began choking her until she passed out. When she came to he raped her.
The victim later made a composite police sketch of her assailant which was disseminated in the media and social media. Zingaro said two witnesses later identified the sketch as Duran. Police also connected Duran’s DNA to the crime scene.
Police tracked Duran to JFK Airport but, Zingaro said, he had already taken off.
The U.S. Marshal Service wouldn’t give up the hunt and eventually trailed Duran to a small house in Puebla. With the aid of Mexican authorities, they surrounded the house and convinced Duran to surrender.
“Senior year in college was ruined for me,” the victim stated in statement read to the judge by the victim advocate. “All I want is to be a regular college senior again, my memories of college are of a man breaking into my house and raping me.”