Law enforcement officials have arrested four male suspect in connection to the rape of a female student from Louisiana State University who was a member of a sorority. The incident occurred following an evening of drinking, during which the woman was abandoned on the side of the road and ultimately struck and killed by an automobile.
Kaivon Deondre Washington, 18, Everett Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, surrendered themselves to the authorities on Monday, over a week after 19-year-old Madison Brooks was struck by an oncoming car in Baton Rouge, as reported by The Advocate.
On Sunday, a 17-year-old, who is unnamed due to his age, also handed himself in to the authorities, according to the source. On the 15th of January, the victim, Brooks, had been out at Reggie’s, a bar close to the LSU campus, when she encountered the juvenile suspect.
The arrest warrant states that the young women left the bar in the early hours between 1 and 2 o’clock in the morning, accompanied by the teen suspect as well as three other potential perpetrators.
Carver confessed to the police that Brooks was unsteady, unable to maintain her balance, and her speech was slurred. He also saw her and the 17-year-old embracing when she requested a ride home.
He admitted that he agreed to give her a ride because he did not want to leave her while very intoxicated and the bar was closing up,” the arrest warrant says.
Carver told authorities that he sat in the driver’s seat and Lee was in the front passenger seat, while Washington and the 17-year-old were in the back along with Brooks.
He asked for her address, but during the car ride, Carver said that she fell over without answering. Because of this, the driver pulled the car over.
Carver reported that his 17-year-old friend asked the victim if she wanted to have sex with him five times and she verbally agreed. They then engaged in sexual activity before Carver told them to stop and leave. When questioned by the police, Carver indicated that he thought the woman was too impaired to give consent.
He stated that they dropped off Brooks at a nearby housing development later in the evening and, at around 3 o’clock in the morning. She was hit by a rideshare vehicle on Burbank Drive near Pelican Lakes Parkway.
The investigators reported that her blood alcohol level was 0.319%, which was almost four times the legal limit.
Washington and a 17-year-old who remains unnamed have been accused of third-degree rape, and Lee and Carver are being held accountable for aiding and abetting third-degree rape.
Ron Haley, a lawyer for two of the suspects, told WAFB that this situation was “absolutely not a rape. Listen, this is a tragedy, definitely not a crime.” He also mentioned that a video taken during the occurrence demonstrates that Brooks being coherent.
The lawyer asserted that Brooks and Carver had a dispute while they were in his car. He stated: “Based on a disagreement, she got out of the vehicle. She indicated she was getting an Uber. I want the public to know, these young men or really the driver of the vehicle and the young men that were in there, did not put her off on the side of the road.”