More Details on the Arrest of Smyrna Man Accused of Aggravated Rape

Nov 17, 2020 at 10:30 am by WGNS


WGNS now has more details on a 39-year old Smyrna, TN man who was arrested on an aggravated rape charge October 25, 2020. Ilaz Neziri was arrested under a sealed indictment.

On May the 3rd of this year (2020), Murfreesboro Police were called to a residence in the area of Florence Road near I-24 and I-840. Officers arrived at the home where a party was taking place at close to 3AM.

The police were met by two females who told them that they believed their 22-year old friend had been raped by Neziri, who was also at the house. Officers then talked to the alleged victim who appeared to be heavily intoxicated. Prior to police arriving, she evidently told dispatchers on the phone that she had been raped.  

The attention was then turned to the suspect, who denied having any sexual relations with the 22-year old woman. However, another subject inside the house said that the victim and Neziri went into a bedroom at the residence for 5 to 10-minutes and later returned to the party.

The reported victim who lives in Murfreesboro was transported to the hospital. She told detectives that she was merely an acquaintance of Neziri.

The Special Victims Unit took over the case and gathered multiple statements from those at the party on the night of the reported incident. They also obtained information from the hospital after the victim was transported on May 3, 2020. The evidence was presented to a Rutherford County Grand Jury which led to the aggravated rape charge being filed against Neziri.   

Neziri was released on a $90,000 bond October 27, 2020.

SOURCE: Rutherford Co. Courts, MPD Incident #20-0007431