WEST HAZLETON — An 18-year-old mentally disabled woman was gang raped in a West Hazleton home Monday night, according to police, who say they have identified four of the five suspects.
Police Chief Brian Buglio said he responded to Hazleton General Hospital on Tuesday after receiving information that an 18-year-old woman was being treated for a reported sexual assault.
The victim, who has the mindset of an 11-year-old, told Buglio she went to a house at 209 Winters Ave. at about 4 p.m. Monday and met with a male known to her as “Joe Danny,” whom she knew from previous contact, Buglio said in court papers. She accompanied “Joe” to the attic, where she met another male whom she knows as “Joe’s cousin,” the papers state.
According to the allegations:
Once in the attic, “Joe” asked her to have sex, and she replied no. About 40 minutes later, three more males arrived and put a marijuana cigarette in her mouth, but she refused to smoke it. She also initially refused to drink beer, but eventually did drink five Coronas out of fear of being “not cool,” court papers state.
The group went to a local bar/restaurant and returned to the house a short time later. “Joe” again asked the victim to have sex and, after she declined, “Joe” told her, “You’re going to have sex with me or I will kill you.” The five males then each forced sex on the victim, three of them using condoms, court papers allege.
The victim called her mother to pick her up on Tuesday morning and told her what happened.
Police on Tuesday served a search warrant on the home. Among the items seized were two T-shirts, a girl’s tank top, a bed sheet, a towel, a used condom, condom packaging, a metal pipe with suspected marijuana residue and the top and bottom of a mattress.
Charges would be filed in the case as soon as the investigation concludes, Buglio said.