When the woman awoke afterward within the house at 100 Glenham St. on Dec. 20, she had vaginal ache and cuts on her thighs, in accordance with police and court docket information. She was alone with one of many males, who advised her to go away. She found that somebody had used her cellphone to ship taunting messages to her ex-boyfriend about a number of males sexually assaulting her whereas she was unconscious, in accordance with court docket information.
Her mom had been looking for her, and came upon from the ex-boyfriend that her daughter “was in trouble,” in accordance with court docket information.
The woman and her household went to the Windfall police that day, however the investigation churned slowly as detectives tried to find out who was with the woman that night time and what they’d carried out. All she had have been first names or false names of some of the lads, together with two who had introduced her to the celebration, and he or she had been unconscious throughout the alleged assault.
And the detectives needed to verify they apprehended everybody.
Then in June, a video appeared on Fb — exhibiting the teenage woman, bare and unconscious on a mattress, as males sexually assaulted her and others watched.
“The video was more than enough to see the crime and identify the culprits,” mentioned Windfall Police Main David Lapatin. “It is sickening to see it. It was tough on the investigators. They did a really good job.”
The woman’s mom recorded the video off Fb to share with the detectives. With the recording and assist from detectives in organized crime and intelligence, Detectives Koren Garcia and Jared Sherman obtained warrants for eight males who have been allegedly within the room with the woman. Late final week, the police arrested seven of the lads, and one stays at massive.
This case is paying homage to what occurred almost 40 years in the past to a younger lady who stopped in Huge Dan’s Tavern in New Bedford. In March 1983, Cheryl Ann Araujo, 21, was gang-raped by 4 males on a pool desk whereas bystanders watched and cheered. The 4 males have been convicted, however two males who watched and egged the assault on have been acquitted.
On this case in Windfall, the police decided that not less than one of many males raped the teenage woman, whereas the others have been concerned in different methods, Lapatin mentioned. “They’re all around watching it, in the room,” he mentioned.
Richard Tarell Chester, 20, of Seekonk, Mass., was charged with first-degree sexual assault with an individual who was mentally incapacitated, and conspiracy. He was referred to the general public defender’s workplace for illustration.
Chester was allegedly seen on the video raping the woman, in accordance with an affidavit supporting a search warrant. The woman additionally advised police that he was one of many males laughing at her within the lavatory, and that he was alone together with her when she wakened and advised her to go away, in accordance with court docket information.
Chester is being held with out bail on the Grownup Correctional Establishments. He has a prolonged legal file that features fees that he allegedly beat up a father in entrance of the person’s 3-year-old daughter at Neutaconkanut Park in February. The person advised police that Chester and one other man attacked him when he requested Chester to not experience his dust bike close to the youngsters, in accordance with court docket information. That case is pending.
The opposite seven males accused within the December incident are charged with assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual assault on an individual who was mentally incapacitated, and conspiracy. Luis Cabrera, 19, Jose Vargas, 19, Erving Keith Colon, 25, Malcom Baptista, 19, and Luis N. Luna, 19, of Windfall, have all been arraigned at District Courtroom, in accordance with police.
No pleas have been entered, as is customary for felony fees at this stage. All have been ordered to not contact the teenage woman.
Carlos Vasquez, 19, of Windfall, who’s going through the identical fees, was nonetheless needed by police Tuesday afternoon.
Vargas is held on the ACI as a violator on a previous assault cost, and he faces different unrelated fees of drug-dealing and carrying a firearm in Windfall. His lawyer, David Morra of Windfall, couldn’t be reached for remark Tuesday.
Luna was just lately charged with breaking and coming into in Johnston; that case is pending. He pleaded no contest earlier this yr to a misdemeanor cost of receiving stolen items; that case was filed. Luna posted bond. His lawyer, Chad Financial institution of Windfall, couldn’t be reached for remark Tuesday.
Colon additionally has a prolonged file that features home assault, possession of a stolen automobile, and possession of a weapon that’s not a firearm.
There was no data on attorneys for Colon, Baptista or Chicon. Cabrera’s lawyer, Nicholas Obolensky of Windfall, couldn’t be reached for remark Tuesday.
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