FORDHAM HEIGHTS, the Bronx — A so-called “spiritual healer” is behind bars Wednesday after five people came to police to report that he sexually assaulted them and caused one of the victims to suffer a miscarriage.
Cristian Robles, 32, is accused of attacking the victims between March 27 and April 13 at his home on Ryder Avenue near East 181st Street in Fordham Heights, police said.
The five victims include three men and two women, according to police. All five went to the Bronx's 46th Precinct to report the alleged sexual abuse.
Sources told PIX11 the victims paid Robles $100 to $1,500 for spiritual healing through Santería rituals, but were instead attacked and sexually assaulted.
All five had an appointment with a "spiritual healer" when, during their appointments, police said, Robles had the victims ingest a drink that knocked them out before he sexually assaulted them. Robles allegedly used a knife to remove the victims' clothes during the attacks.
Among the victims were a married couple, and mother and son, police said.
During a meeting with the married couple, police said, Robles performed a sex act on the man and told the wife not to look. When the woman did look, Robles allegedly punished her by walking on her back and abdomen even though she had told him she was pregnant.
The woman told police she miscarried the next day.
Robles faces charges of abortion, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing, as well as multiple counts of sexual abuse and criminal sex acts, according to police. Abortions are illegal in New York under some circumstances, including when a miscarriage is caused without the mother's consent.
Three children — ages 5, 6 and 10 — lived with Robles and have since been moved under the care of the NYC Administration for Children's Services.
Any additional victims are asked to contact investigators.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).