LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Members of a northwest Lubbock neighborhood say they feel safer after Lubbock Police arrested five suspects, accused of the rape and robbery of a Texas Tech University student in their area. The victim told police three suspects assaulted her back on March 24th at her home in the 200 Block of Homestead Avenue. Now, the folks who call that neighborhood home tell NewsChannel 11 this capture puts them at ease.
"It just kind of puts everybody at ease here in the neighborhood," Kyle Igo said. He lives on Homestead Avenue, just across the street from the home were police say a group of suspects robbed and sexually assaulted the Tech student. "When we first heard word of it, it was quite shocking and kind of took everybody off guard," Igo said.
"Why they chose this particular house, this neighborhood, this victim remains to be seen," Lubbock Police Lieutenant Neal Barron said.
The victim told police she had arrived home around 11:30 p.m. that night. She said she did not lock the front door, because she was expecting guests to come home shortly after. She says she sat down in the living room and started watching TV, and then a few minutes later the first suspect came through the front door. Soon, he was followed by two more men.
"Nothing like that has happened in this area before, so it was kind of crazy," Igo said. The victim told investigators as two of the suspects robbed her, the third assaulted her. Then, she says one of the other suspects joined in the assault.
"We made a break in the case on Thursday. Detectives complied a list of five suspects. Over the weekend they were able to re-interview and speak with the five persons and all five implicated themselves as being involved in this burglary," Barron said.
Monday night, authorities had all five suspects in custody. 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, late in the day. Each faces the first degree, felony charge of burglary with intent.
"It feels good to know that they finally got caught, just kind of puts everybody at ease," Igo said.
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Police charge five with rape and robbery of Tech studentAuthorities 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.