[Last updated on March 3, 2016, at 9:28 p.m.]
Ocklawaha, Florida — Three suspects have now been arrested after a female juvenile victim reported that she was raped and “stuffed” into the trunk of a car.
On January 18, 2016, Marion County sheriff’s investigators responded to UF Health Shands Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to meet with the juvenile victim in regards to a possible rape.
The juvenile stated that she and another victim were picked up in a car by Thomas Lamont Fort, 19, along with at least three other males.
According to reports, the victims were then driven to a residence located in Silver Springs Shores. Once there, Lamont had the victims walk with him. The victims stated that she recognized the residence as “Raeqwon’s residence” and they both returned to the vehicle because they did not want to be there.
A short time later, a group of males approached the victims with guns and asked “if they thought it was a game.”
“Raeqwon” then began to beat the juvenile victim and instructed the other males to “do what they wanted with her.” The suspects then began to beat both victims.
According to reports, the juvenile victim ran, but was followed by a masked suspect. The suspect ordered her to return to the vehicle or she would be shot. The juvenile victim was then beaten and forced into the trunk of the car. The juvenile told investigators that she was “smashed over the head with a drinking glass” and that the suspects poured bleach onto her body. The trunk was then slammed shut.
According to the juvenile, while she was in the trunk she heard several gunshots. The juvenile stated that she heard one of the suspects say that the other victim had gotten away and asked what they should do.
Investigators said the juvenile victim was able to open the trunk from the inside, but was struck over the head with a glass a second time.
Investigators stated that the juvenile was in the bleach-soaked trunk for approximately 15 minutes before she was able to push out the rear seat of the vehicle in an attempt to breathe in fresh air. The suspects then began to kick the victim in the head and struck her multiple times.
The suspects then transported the juvenile victim to an area located in Ocklawaha.
Once they arrived, the victim, with a gun to her head, was stripped of her clothing. One of the suspects then placed a shirt over her face, at which time three suspects took turns raping the victim.
The victim was also robbed.
On March 1, 2016, MCSO investigators arrested Fort. He was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, False Imprisonment, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and First-Degree Sexual Battery. He is being held on a $130,000 bond.
Brian Constant, 27, and Raeqwon Emmanuel Munnerlyn, 19, were also arrested.
Munnerlyn was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Robbery with a Firearm, Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony, False Imprisonment, Battery, and Violation of Probation for Home Invasion Armed Robbery. He is being held without bond
Contanst was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony. He is being held on a $200,000 bond.
Both Munnerlyn and Constant were arrested in January.
MCSO investigators are waiting on DNA test results to determine if any other suspects were involved.
According to MCSO, other unidentified females could have taken part in beating the two victims.