A teenage gang of two girls and three boys have been accused of raping and beating a 16-year-old girl so badly she broke bones in her face and bled from her ear.
The victim was allegedly set upon when she visited a friend’s house in Hollywood on Friday night. The girl was listening to music and watching TV at her friend’s house in McKinley Street, Hollywood, when she was approached by the group who demanded she have sex with Woolfork or be beaten, according to the arrest reports.
When she refused, she was beaten and dragged to a bedroom, where all of the accused removed her clothes and held her down while Woolfork raped her, the report said. The victim claimed she was kicked, thrown down stairs and had her face smashed on concrete, breaking bones near both her eyes.
Neighbors near the house heard a girl screaming later on in the evening, but thought there was a party going on. “I always thought it was strange,” said one neighbor who has lived on the block for the past 40 years and did not want to be identified. “I thought about calling police, but what was I going to say? There was just a lot of traffic over there.’’
After the rape, the victim managed to escape by running out of the house and going to the nearby home of a family member. The family member called police.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Broward County Judge John Hurley said: ‘This 16-year-old woman, both of her eyes were closed from being beaten, she had blood coming from one of her ears. Police claim she was raped by one of the accused, 19-year-old Jayvon Woolfork, while she was held down by Lanel Singleton, 18, and three minors – a 17-year-old male, 15-year-old female and a 14-year-old girl.
Hollywood Police told NBC 6 they were able to identify all five of the teenagers allegedly involved because one of the accused took video of the fight and sexual assault on their cell phone. All the teenagers have been charged with sexual assault and kidnapping and the three minors may be tried as adults, the court heard. The males were charged with felony sexual assault, kidnapping and false imprisonment. Woolfork and Singleton were arraigned Monday and held without bond. The other three suspects were sent to the county’s juvenile detention facility.
The two girls each were charged with one count of felony battery.
“It’s absolutely barbaric,’’ said another neighbor who was sleeping too soundly Friday night to hear anything.
The crime is still under investigation. Hollywood Police are probing other possible criminal activity involving the suspects, including suspected drug dealing and human trafficking. The victim is recuperating at Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.
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