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Police arrest three of five individuals accused in kidnapping, gang rape of 15-year-old

7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, March 05 2020 Mar 5, 2020 March 05, 2020 11:06 AM March 05, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Police say nearly two weeks after a fifteen-year-old girl was kidnapped and gang raped, three of her attackers have been captured. 

According to an official report, the harrowing incident took place on Tuesday, Feb. 18, after the teen ran away from a group home in Baker.

She told authorities she stopped at a gas station where she came across a light-skinned black man who only had one leg. The girl later identified this man as 35-year-old Eric Ricks. 

According to the girl, after asking Ricks if she could borrow his cell phone, he pretended to allow this before snatching the phone away, brandishing a weapon and ordering her to get into his vehicle. 

The police report goes on to say the girl was taken to a home on Alexander Avenue, where Ricks forced her to snort a drug that appeared to be cocaine, swallow a pill, and consume alcohol. 

The fifteen-year-old told police she was gang-raped by Ricks, his girlfriend, a second woman, and two other men while she was drugged.

The teenager said she was able to escape when her attackers momentarily left the room and she stumbled outside, hurrying to a neighbor's house where she asked for help.

At this point, police were summoned.

After meeting with authorities, the girl was able to identify 23-year-old Keyera Winston as Ricks' girlfriend and as one of the two women who raped her. She also identified 37-year-old Timothy Jones, a cousin of Ricks', as one of her male attackers.

Winston was arrested and charged with second-degree kidnapping and first-degree rape on Monday, March 2; she is being held in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $450,000 bond.

Police learned that Jones is a registered sex-offender who lived at the Alexander Avenue home and he was arrested on Tuesday, March 3. Jones, charged with second-degree kidnapping and first-degree rape, is being held on a $325,000 bond.

Police say the teenager's main attacker, Ricks, was, likewise, arrested for first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping before being booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $700,000 bond.     

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