Police Searching for Third Suspect in Kidnapping and Rape

Police name third suspect in Miami rape and robbery

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    Miami Police said they are looking for Michele Jerome Hicks Jr., 18, who was involved in abducting a woman at gunpoint before raping and robbing her. Gary Jordlewich and Miami Police spokesman Det. Willie Moreno spoke about the case.

    A third man who was involved in abducting a woman at gunpoint before raping and robbing her is being sought, Miami Police said Wednesday.

    Michele Jerome Hicks Jr., 18, remains at large in the shocking crime that happened on Oct. 16, police said.

    Hank Jonathan Edwards Jr. and Eric Lawrence Mitchell, also both 18, have previously been arrested and are facing kidnapping and sexual battery charges, police said.

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    According to police, the 19-year-old victim was walking to her car around 12:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Northeast 79th Street in Little Haiti when she was approached by a dark vehicle with three men inside, police said.

    Edwards got out of the car and at gunpoint ordered the woman to get inside, then Mitchell drove them to an apartment complex in the 13800 block of Northwest 22nd Avenue in Opa-Locka, where two other men were waiting, police said.

    Inside the apartment, one of the men told the woman "that if she wanted to live, she had to have sex with him and his 'homeboys,'" an arrest affidavit said.

    "This vehicle was occupied by three males. They proceeded to take her to an apartment complex in Opalocka and once inside along with two other awaiting individuals she was forced to perform sexual favors or she would be killed," said police spokesman Det. Willie Moreno.

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    The men raped the woman, then drove her to an unknown location where they robbed her at gunpoint before setting her free, the affidavit said.
     
    The woman was able to guide police to the apartment where Edwards and Mitchell were arrested.

    Edwards and Mitchell were both charged with two counts of armed sexual battery. Edwards was also charged with kidnapping and armed robbery, and Mitchell was charged with armed kidnapping.

    Both men are being held without bond, and it was unknown whether they have attorneys. No other information was given about the other two men.

    Police said the car used in the crime was reported stolen and none of the named suspects lived at the apartment where it happened.

    Police are asking for the public's help in finding Hicks, and are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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