MADISONVILLE, Texas Police have arrested two more people in connection to the brutal gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Madisonville.
Investigators said a man and woman turned themselves in over the weekend, which brings the total number of people arrested to nine. Two people are still on the run.
The attack happened in early March at a trailer in the 100 block of East Lance Street in Madisonville. Investigators said someone was paid to bring the victim to the trailer.
After the victim arrived, police said the suspects gave the girl meth, then proceeded to take turns sexually assaulting her.
“She was brought over there, enticed by methamphetamines, repeatedly sexually assaulted one after another by about 11 individuals,” said Lt. Jonathan Zitzmann with the Madisonville Police Department.
Just behind the window of the trailer on East Lance is where Madisonville police said the teenage girl was held prisoner for hours in March.
“Once the sexual assault began, what our intel is telling us is that they started making phone calls and texting people, and more people ended up coming to the house to, unfortunately, take their turn,” said Zitzmann.
“After the sexual assault was finished, she was then introduced to two females who were not related with the sexual assault, one that allegedly threatened her with a gun who remains unknown at this time, and a second female who allegedly hit her with a tire iron several times on the head,” said Zitzmann.
Matthew Grisham currently lives in that trailer with his family. Grisham said it is a dangerous neighborhood and wasn’t surprised that such a horrific crime could happen in the small, close knit town.
“It really doesn’t surprise me that it happened here in Madisonville,” said Grisham. “It does worry me a little bit. If it happened here and people that I knew were involved, it is kind of a worry, because I have two boys of my own. I don’t want something happening to my kids.”
Police said the victim told her mother about the attack the same night but was so intoxicated from drugs that she wasn’t able to give police much information. Once the drugs wore off, police said she was very helpful.
“She’s a very smart girl, and she was able to remember a lot,” said Zitzmann. “And we do have several witnesses that were able to corroborate her story to a ‘t’.”
Zitzmann said even though the witnesses were helpful with information, none of them did anything to stop the crime from happening.
“Thankfully, they came forward to talk to police after the fact,” said Zitzmann. “It’s better late than never.”
Investigators said this isn’t the first time these suspects have had trouble with the law.
“It is a group of guys that have a vast criminal history,” said Zitzmann. “Several of them have convictions for drug abuse, drug delivery and violence.”
Debrodrick Manning, Brandon Gilbert, Derrick Kyle, Lorenzo Ford, Lafelix Turner, Steven Manning and Adrian Butler have all been arrested in connection to the case.
The suspects were caught off guard, many sleeping at the time police showed up at their doorstep. Some were even taken to jail barefoot and in boxer shorts.
All of the suspects have been charged with sexual assault of a child and trafficking of persons, a first degree felony. Those suspects could get up to 99 years in prison if convicted.
If you have any information on their whereabouts, you are urged to call Madisonville police.