Friday, July 06, 2007

A seventh-grader has been arrested in a gang rape

Antigone Barton:

Avion Lawson

A 14-year-old boy confessed Tuesday that he was one of the masked attackers who terrorized a Dunbar Village woman and her son in their home, gang-raping the woman at gunpoint and assaulting the child.

Police said they hope to arrest nine more teenaged assailants who participated in the June 18 attack.

Avion Lawson, a seventh-grader at the Gold Coast alternative middle school, was charged Tuesday with armed sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, armed home invasion, aggravated battery and an additional sexual assault charge.

Investigators said they believe all involved in the attack are 14 to 18 years old.

Lawson was linked to the attack when his DNA was found in a condom at the victims' home, police said.

Tuesday evening, reporters converged at his family's home while Lawson's relatives sat on a porch facing a basketball court where they said Lawson liked to play.

They denied he could have done what police charged.

"If I ask him to buy some candy for me from the candy lady, he'd buy it," Lawson's 17-year-old cousin Niesha Allan said. "I'm gonna love him regardless."

Lawson was also charged with purse snatching and assault in January.

Lawson told investigators three days after the June 18 attack that he was at a friend's house the night of the rape. However, residents of the home did not confirm that story, according to police.

Confronted with the DNA evidence, as well as a partial palm print at the victims' home, he confessed, a police spokesman said.

Lawson was soft-spoken and cooperative but expressed no remorse, the spokesman said.

The attack began at 8:30 on a Monday evening when one assailant lured the woman from her home by telling her the tires on her car were flat. There, two more masked, armed attackers ambushed her, forcing her back inside.

During the next 20 minutes, seven more attackers followed the others into the apartment, where they raped the mother repeatedly, smashed a plate over the boy's head and poured household chemicals into his eyes, as well as other acts.

After the assailants fled, the victims walked a mile to Good Samaritan Medical Center, where staff members called police.

The details of the crime included acts that revolted veteran investigators.

The attackers did not seem to know the victims, who kept to themselves because the mother was worried that the neighborhood was unsafe for her son, police said.

The apparent randomness of the attack, the number of assailants and nature of the assault prompted investigators to work "day and night, every day," West Palm Beach Lt. Chuck Reed said.

"Old-fashioned police work" gave investigators Lawson's name and the names of several other teenagers, Reed said.

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At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's amazing how his cousin said that she would still love him. I know someone will try to play the race card. Basically what should happen is we should destroy this cancer and all associated NOW.

At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol african americans.

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not about race or color. Those teens should be put to death for doing such terrible sin. Forget about reforming them. I would have preferred that they be tortured for doing something so terrible. For the sake of the mum and her son life to go on, putting these menace to death would be better.

At 4:28 PM, Blogger redtown said...

Your post did not mention the most revolting aspect of this attack --
these gangstas forced the 12 year-old boy, at gunpoint, to rape his own mother.

It would have been no less heinous if white kids had done this, but half the violence in this country is done by blacks who are only 12% of the population. Something is pathological about predominant black youth culture, but don't expect Al Sharpton to be protesting such attacks any time soon.

At 1:12 AM, Anonymous Amanda said...

They deserve to be skinned alive and thrown into a bush of nettles.

I will stand by my statement. Rapists are the scum of the earth.


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