Police charge five with rape and robbery of Tech student - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/8/09

Police charge five with rape and robbery of Tech student

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Authorities arrested five suspects, charged in connection to the rape and robbery of a Texas Tech student.  "All five implicated themselves as being involved in this burglary," Lubbock Police Lieutenant Neal Barron said. 

Authorities captured the fifth and final suspect late Monday afternoon. All five of those arrested are charged in connection to a March 25 rape and robbery of a Texas Tech student at her home in the 200 Block of Homestead Avenue.

Court papers say the female victim arrived home around 11:30 p.m., expecting guests to arrive shortly after.  So, she left the front door unlocked, and started watching television. A few minutes later, she says the first suspect barged in, eventually followed by two more men. The victim told authorities two of those suspects raped her.

Monday night all five suspects charged in the case were behind bars. Each faced the 1st degree, felony charge of burglary of a habitation with intent.  Police arrested  Laquintin Johnson, 21, Monday afternoon. Kevin Price, 20, Danny Wilson, 26 and Gary Wilson, 28 were already behind bars on unrelated charges. Authorities arrested the fifth suspect, Artesia Thomas, 20, just before 4 p.m. Monday. 

"Three persons went into the house. The other two were involved with the burglary, but they didn't go in the house apparently," Barron said.  Lt. Barron says why the suspects chose that particular home still remains to be seen.

Court papers say one of the suspects specifically asked if the victim's sister was home, but they do not state a specific reason behind the break-in. We'll have more on how investigators were able to crack this case tonight on NewsChannel 11 at ten.

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