Teenagers Accused of "Depraved" Gang Rape Bragged of Drug Use on Facebook
On November 1, Patricia Montes, 15, and Erica Avery, 16 invited an estranged friend over to a home in Hollywood. There, they allegedly stripped her, beat her, and held her down as she was raped by a 19-year-old man.
On Friday, our sister paper in Miami posted photos of Montes' and Avery's respective Facebook profiles, where the girls mug for their cell phone cameras wearing provocative clothing while holding blunts and bottles of alcohol. The two girls were arrested.
Along with Montes and Avery, authorities also arrested three teenaged males: Dwayne Henry, Lanel Singleton, and Jayvon Woolfork. All except Woolfork have Facebook profiles showing pictures of themselves smoking, drinking, and with mouthfuls of dollar bills.
According to the arrest report, the victim was watching television when she was suddenly grabbed by Montes and Avery. The two girls pinned the victim down and kicked her in the head.
They then taunted her and threatened to keep beating her up unless she agreed to have sex with Woolfork.
When the victim refused, the two girls, along with Woolfork, Henry, and Singleton, beat her, dragged her by the hair into a bedroom, and ripped her clothes off.
That's when Woolfork raped her, according to the arrest report. The group apparently caught the whole act on video.
The teens eventually allowed the victim to leave the house, without her shoes. She wandered through the streets barefoot, bloodied and beaten. She eventually flagged down a passerby, who took her to a relative's home.
The victim was later taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for broken bones in her face. She also suffered swollen eyes to the point that she couldn't see. She remained in the hospital for several days.
During a hearing for the accused, Broward Circuit Judge Lisa Porter called the video disturbing.
"The conduct of these ladies is depraved," Porter said. "It is just unconscionable that people can treat other people like this. Videos don't lie, and the video is there."
Montes and Avery were each charged as adults with two counts of felony armed sexual assault and kidnapping. Bail was set at $100,000 for both. They were also ordered to wear ankle-monitoring devices and are not permitted to use the internet.