Three men in Georgia are facing a number of charges after a 36-year-old woman survived a brutal attack from the group that involved rape, burning and a shooting. The woman was found in a vacant lot on New Year's Day (January 1) and has since undergone hours of treatment for her injuries.
Police in the town of Columbus, some 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, say that the men, Joey Betrail Garron, 28, Robert Carl Johnson, 23, and Ketorie Glover, 23, all hailing from the town, came to approach their victim in a bizarre fashion. According to the investigation, the victim was at a New Year's Eve party where she was part of a rap battle with a group of men outside the home that got heated. The Ledger-Enquirer has more.
From the Ledger-Enquirer:
Subsequent investigation discovered that the victim, 36, had been to a party at a house located on Garden Drive. There, outside the house, she became engaged in a spirited rap contest with some men. At some point, the exchange became heated and one of the men produced a handgun and forced the victim inside of her vehicle.
Two other men, one of whom was also armed, joined them in the car. The woman was driven to a vacant lot located at 988 Farr Rd. At that location, police say, all three men sexually assaulted her.
The woman's vehicle and the woman were doused with gasoline and set on fire. She was also shot several times.
Police Lt. John McMichael said in a news release Sunday (February 16) morning that the men face felony charges of aggravated assault, rape, kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy, arson first degree, hijacking a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
A police sergeant would not elaborate on how they came to identify and arrest the men, but did say there is more investigating to be done in the case. The cops didn't confirm if the rap battle was connected to the assault of the victim.
Garron and Johnson have already appeared in Columbus Recorder's Court and their cases were sent to the state's Superior Court. Glover appeared in court yesterday (February 17) morning.
Hit the jump to see the full mug shot of the men in question, and photos from the crime scene as well in the gallery
Photo: Cleveland Police Department, WTVM