An American student was gang raped on a minibus in Rio de Janeiro during a six-hour abduction Saturday. Her French boyfriend was assaulted and forced to helplessly watch the attack.
The woman, 21, and her boyfriend, 23, boarded the vehicle headed for Lapa nightclubs at midnight Saturday in the Copacabana beach neighborhood. Two men on the bus allegedly ordered the other passengers off and handcuffed the victims. They beat the male with a metal bar and raped the girl, while driving around Rio, according to the special police for aid to tourists (DEAT).
When the attackers drove them to a poor suburban area of Sao Goncalo, two suspects, ages 20 and 22, were apprehended. Police in Rio just arrested a third suspect in the crime late Monday. Local media reported that the minibus driver may have played a role in the attack.
In the wake of the horrific crime, fear has heightened in the area. Rio will be hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. They will also host Pope Francis on World Youth Day in July.
DEAT said a young Brazilian woman who was raped on a minibus Mar. 23 was shown pictures of two of the suspects and identified the pair as her attackers as well.
The American woman and her boyfriend were in Brazil studying Portuguese for a month and left the country following the attack. The woman reportedly had her nose broken and the boyfriend suffered an eye hemorrhage and a fractured face.
Commanding officer Alexandre Braga, in an interview with Globo television, said the suspects were on a sex crime spree. "The characteristics of both crimes, both the Brazilian case and the one with the foreigners, lead us to believe that they (the suspects) wanted to have a 'party of evil,'" Braga said. "The principal motive appears to have been the satisfaction of their lust."