El Salvadorian illegal immigrant Victor Antonio Gonzalez-Guttierres, 19, and Edgar Natanal Chicas-Hernandez, 17, were arrested for kidnapping and rape. The victim told police she was grabbed while walking home from school on September 2, taken to an apartment and raped for hours. They told the girl that they were acting on orders from a younger female acquaintance.
Two young men were charged and a third remains at large after a teen girl was kidnapped and raped, according to police and court documents filed last week in Frederick.
“This is very, very rare in my experience,” said Detective Joe Palkovic, an assistant supervisor in the Frederick Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. “The violence of it and the nature of the crime, the fact that this involves someone laying in wait, kidnapping the victim and then taking her to a separate location to rape her, is very rare.”
And a younger female acquaintance of the teen girl was identified in charging documents as the suspected mastermind of the crime.
The case began Sept. 5, when Detective Anthony McPeak and Officer 1st Class Marlon Alvarez arrived at a home in the Hillcrest area to interview a high school-age girl about an assault she said happened at about 12:30 a.m. Sept. 1, according to police and two sets of charging documents filed last week in Frederick County District Court.
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In the interview, the girl told police she was grabbed from behind by the hair as she was walking home Sept. 1. Three young men, two of whom the girl recognized as classmates, slapped her, the documents state. One of them pulled a knife and cut the girl’s chest.
As they took her cellphone and dragged her to a nearby vehicle, they told the girl they were acting on orders from a younger female acquaintance. A rag was forced into the girl’s mouth, and she was driven to an apartment elsewhere in the city, the documents state.
For the next few hours, the girl was raped by her two classmates, identified in charging documents as 17-year-old Edgar Natanal Chicas-Hernandez and 19-year-old Victor Antonio Gonzalez-Guttierres.
The third culprit, who the girl later told police had his face covered and whose voice she did not recognize, used a cellphone to record the crime, the documents state.
“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,” said Lt. Clark Pennington, commander of the police department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
When the assault finally ended, the young men drove the girl back to where she had been abducted and returned her cellphone, along with a warning.
If she called the police, “next time it will be worse,” they told her, according to the documents.
Despite the threats, the girl eventually agreed to speak with police, along with several male acquaintances who were reportedly contacted by the younger girl through social media, according to the charging documents.
Later, after detectives obtained copies of the social media conversations, they learned that an account associated with the younger girl had offered to give one of those male acquaintances footage of the assault in exchange for “[one] night of pleasure,” according to the documents.
Police also learned that the younger girl had identified herself during the conversation and had even contacted one of the acquaintances before the assault, outlining her plan to extort the older girl for money, the documents state.