ST. LOUIS – Osmani Haji Gul is accused of attacking a 6-year-old boy in St. Louis Hills. His first court appearance was postponed from last week to allow the court to find a translator who speaks the Pashto language.

Gul is an Afghan refugee. He’s reportedly married and has three small children. Investigators took him into custody for allegedly sexually assaulting a 6-year-old boy. 

Police said that the crime happened Sunday, July, 23. The victim was riding his bicycle when investigators explained that Gul snatched him off the bike, took him to a vacant home, and assaulted him.  

The investigation revealed another crime happened a week earlier July 16, at Francis Park involving a 12-year-old victim a day after police released surveillance. They shared that they received 100 tips from the public and were able to arrest Gul as a result. 

The Circuit Attorney’s Office charged him with statutory sodomy and sexual misconduct involving the 6-year-old. He faces charges of attempted statutory sodomy and 4th-degree assault in the case involving the 12-year-old.

Gul is expected to be in court Monday at noon.