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String Of Violent Rapes Leads Police To Three Young Men Who Are Now In Custody

| by Dominic Kelly

Three young men in Miramar, Florida, have been arrested in connection to a string of rapes in South Florida in which they allegedly used social media to lure their victims.

Britton Blackwood, 19, Frankie Lee Gatlin Jr., 20, and Kinshon Johnekins, 20, all face charges that include sexual battery, false imprisonment, and robbery. According to reports, the three men lured some of the women using social media. In one incident on September 24, Gatlin and Blackwood met two women at home after talking to them on social media and proceeded to hold them at gunpoint while they brutally raped and then robbed them.

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“Both women were held at gunpoint. Both women were raped by both of these individuals," said Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said. "Their personal belongings were also stolen."

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A month later, on October 26, a third woman reported being raped outside of a KFC while sitting in her car after leaving a club.

“Her friend left her at her vehicle; as this victim was punching her home address into the GPS, two men approached her with weapons,” said Rues, who noted that the two men are believed to have been Blackwood and Johnekins due to DNA evidence collected by investigators. “We also were able to obtain surveillance video from a nearby location. This video was key because it showed these two individuals coming from a particular residence.”

Reports say that all three female victims were able to positively identify the men. Miramar police are also investigating an incident from Friday morning in which two women were “terrorized” and one of them was raped, and they believe that at least one of the three suspects was involved in that situation.

“They were texting and they agreed to meet at a residence that turned out to be a vacant home," Rues said. "Both were held at gunpoint, and one was raped.

Blackwood, Gatlin, and Johnekins all remain behind bars while the investigation continues. Police say that it’s likely there are other victims and are asking anybody with information to come forward.

Sources: NY Daily News, The Sun Sentinel, WSVN