Two Maryland males have been charged with the kidnap and rape of a teen in an attack that was allegedly set up by the victim's 13-year-old classmate.
The incident occurred on Sept. 1 at about 12:30 a.m. Edgar Natanal Chicas-Hernandez, 17, and Victor Antonio Gonzalez-Guttierres, 19, reportedly grabbed the victim from behind, dragged her into a car, put a rag over her mouth and drove her to an apartment where they sexually assaulted her, The Frederick News-Post reported.
During the attack, the suspects reportedly told the victim they were acting on orders from a younger female acquaintance. That female acquaintance has not been identified and has repeatedly denied any involvement.
"This is very, very rare in my experience," Detective Joe Palkovic told The Frederick News-Post. "The violence of it and the nature of the crime, the fact that this involves someone [lying] in wait, kidnapping the victim and then taking her to a separate location to rape her, is very rare."
A third suspect, whom the victim could not identify, was also involved in the attack. They allegedly slapped the girl, then pulled a knife out on her and cut her chest before taking turns raping her. The assault lasted a few hours.
The third suspect is believed to have recorded the crime on a cell phone.
"The third, unidentified man mentioned in the charging documents has not been charged. ... As the investigation continues, however, we do anticipate there being additional charges in this case," Lieutenant Clark Pennington told the newspaper.
After the assault, the suspects drove the victim back to where they first kidnapped her. They warned her that if she were to go to the police, "next time it will be worse." The victim contacted police on Sept. 5.
Investigators interviewed several boys who were contacted on social media by the alleged mastermind of the crime. That 13-year-old girl is said to have revealed her role in the crime during social media conversations obtained by police.
According to court documents, the 13-year-old girl reached out to the victim's boyfriend on social media just a few days before the attack. The girl said she "had someone who was going to rape and extort money from (the victim)" and "asked if he wants to be part of her plan because it will be fun," according to court documents.
The girl also allegedly offered to show him footage of the crime in exchange for "(one) night of pleasure." However, she told police there were several fake social media accounts falsely claiming to be her. Police added that the victim's boyfriend declined to participate.
Gonzalez-Guttierres and Edgar are now facing charges of kidnapping, first-degree rape, sodomy, and first- and second-degree assault.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they have an immigration detainer out for Gonzalez-Gutierres, the Daily Mail reported:
ICE encountered Victor Antonio Gonzalez-Gutierres, a citizen of El Salvador, at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center April 24 after his arrest on local charges and issued him a notice to appear in immigration court. Gonzalez-Gutierres posted immigration bond April 27. ICE has lodged an immigration detainer with Frederick County after his most recent arrest on criminal charges.
ICE lodges detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges when the agency has probable cause to believe an alien is removable from the United States.
These detainers serve as a legally-authorized request, upon which a law enforcement agency may rely, to continue to maintain custody of an alien for up to 48 hours so that ICE may assume custody for removal purposes.
Pursuant to ICE policy, all ICE detainers are submitted with an accompanying administrative arrest warrant or warrant of removal depending upon the circumstances of the individual case.