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A man who claimed to be a 'spiritualist' is accused of sexually assaulting five people inside his Bronx home, police say
Christian Robles is facing a slew of charges after the victims ran into an NYPD station house to tell cops how he allegedly abused them
Robles also allegedly caused a woman's miscarriage performing one of his 'rituals,' cops claim
A Bronx man who claimed to be a “spiritualist” is accused of sexually attacking five people seeking his help and causing a woman's miscarriage as he performed one of his “rituals,” police say.
Christian Robles, 32, of Fordham Heights, was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of sex abuse, three counts of assault, criminal sexual act, possession of a weapon, menacing and illegally performing an abortion, according to the NYPD.
The five victims, two women and three men, walked into the 46th Precinct station house around 9 p.m. Monday to report to police of Robles' alleged crime spree inside his home, said officials, who also say the victims told them Robles called himself a “spiritualist.”
The victims told police that Robles sexually abused them after they ingested an unknown liquid he gave to them, police said. The New York Post, citing sources, reports that liquid was an oil that made the victims shake.
One of the victims, a 26-year-old woman told cops she suffered a miscarriage from one of the “rituals” Robles allegedly performed. Police said that "ritual" was Robles walking on the woman's pregnant stomach and back.
Police also say Robles threatened the victims with knives. The investigation is ongoing.
Attorney information for Robles wasn’t immediately available.
Neighbors tell News 4 he has three young children who they say they noticed were always dressed well as they walked to school.
"He was a quiet man, in and out with his family and children," said Surlease Dawson. "We never knew nothing about rituals."
But one woman said people often went in and out of Robles' apartment, and that she sometimes heard chanting.
"I know I used to hear church in his house," said Maria Ramos.
A neighbor also mentioned a possible fire in the apartment lately, and wondered if any ritual behavior may have had something to do with it.