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Eight Booked In Connection With Gang Rape, Court Papers Say

October 14, 1987

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ Eight men charged in connection with an alleged weekend gang rape and assault of a 16-year-old girl were being held today in Pierce County Jail.

The Tacoma men were charged Monday in Pierce County Superior Court with one count each of first-degree rape and two counts each of second-degree assault. They were held on bonds ranging from $50,000 to $75,000, court records show.

According to an affidavit for probable cause, the girl and a friend were visiting the men’s apartment Saturday when one of the men allegedly planted some cocaine among the girl’s belongings.

One of the suspects confronted the girl about the missing drugs and pulled a handgun, saying he’d ″get the truth one way or another,″ the documents said.

The affidavit said the suspect put one bullet in the chamber and played Russian roulette while pointing the gun at the girl, then another suspect took the cocaine from her belongings and beat her.

Then one of the suspects took the girl to the bathroom and allegedly forced her to perform oral sex while he beat her, the documents said.

The rest of the men then allegedly forced her to perform numerous sex acts, often raping her two at a time, according to the affidavit.

The girl finally managed to escape through a bedroom window and called her father, who contacted police, according to deputy prosecutor Barbara Corey- Boulet.

Most of the suspects are in their 20s; the youngest was 17, authorities said. Trial has been set for Nov. 30.

A friend of the girl’s told police she had witnessed part of the rape but was reluctant to report it because she was frightened of the suspects.

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