A Turkish migrant who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border last year is accused of assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Albany, New York. Sakir Akkan was arrested and charged with first-degree assault after allegedly forcing the girl into his car and attacking her.

The incident occurred after the girl ran away from a group home around midnight on May 14. She told police that Akkan, wielding a pipe, threatened her and made her get into his car. Despite her attempts to resist, Akkan allegedly assaulted her and then released her.

At the time, Akkan had a New Jersey driver’s license, issued regardless of immigration status. He crossed the border on November 5, 2023, near San Diego, California, and was released into the U.S. interior after being detained by Border Patrol.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), whose district includes Albany suburbs, blamed President Joe Biden’s administration. “Joe Biden’s heinous failed open border policies have led to violent crimes and attacks on innocent Americans,” she stated, calling the incident another example of the consequences of current border policies.

Akkan remains in custody at Albany County Jail, awaiting a bail hearing.