Detectives trace Slaughter rape suspects to Texas gang


POSTED: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 1:06pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 5:57pm

Five men are accused of raping a Baton Rouge woman in Slaughter early Saturday morning. David Flores, Pete Perez, Fred Felix, Dwante Jones and Rick Cordova are charged with forcible rape and illegal discharge of a weapon. Some of the men are also wanted in Alvin, Texas on gang related charges.

East Feliciana Detective Don McKey says the brutality of the crime is tough to describe.

"I don't really know the words,” says Det. McKey. “You hear about it but you don't think it's going to happen here."

Investigators say the group picked up the victim, a 35 year old woman Friday night or early Saturday morning at Calloway Inn off Sherwood Forest Blvd. in Baton Rouge. Then they drove her more than twenty miles to the town of Slaughter.

The men were living at a trailer park near the parish line temporarily, while working on a pipe line being built in the area. That’s where Deputies found the woman, just after 2:30am Saturday. They were checking out the trailer park, after getting a call of gun shots in the area.

"The Deputies did an excellent job when they went to the shots fired call,” says Det. McKey. “They checked the scene out real good and that's when they saw the victim in the backseat of a pickup truck."

She was unconscious, her pants pulled down and panties torn. Also at the scene, Deputies found a semi-automatic rifle. They say the men had been drinking and shooting the gun into the air, triggering the call to Detectives.

All five suspects are being held at the East Feliciana Parish Jail. Judge Ware set their bond Monday at $1million each. Only one of the suspects’ families was at the jail for that hearing. Fred Felix’s wife and brother tell NBC33 news he is innocent and was asleep when the rape occurred. They say Felix has lived in Beaumont for the last four years and only knows the other men from their job in Slaughter. They are looking for a defense attorney now, but say they have to return to their jobs in Texas soon. The family tells us they hope DNA evidence will clear Felix’s name. Detectives are using that same evidence to build cases against the men.

"They put it (blame) on this one done it, that one done it. But the DNA is going to show it,” says Det. McKey.

The victim was treated Saturday at Lane Hospital in Zachary and has been released. Detectives say she is cooperating with the investigation.

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