Arrests Made in Rape, Kidnapping

The incident is believed to have happened between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Apr. 14 at a house on Good Hope Road, just outside the town of Lake.

At the time investigators say the woman in her twenties was home with her infant child when three suspects kicked in her door.

"It was not just a random act. The house was chosen for a reason," said Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee.

According to Lee, the suspects were there to rob someone who apparently lived in the house in the past and may have dealt in drugs.

Lee said the woman told the suspects she did not know the person they were looking for, but they still kidnapped her and her baby at gunpoint and took them to a residence in a nearby community. Lee said at least two of the suspects raped her. In an attempt to cover up the evidence, he says they forced the victim to cleanse with water and vinegar.

"And from there it seems that they got some numbers from her telephone to call," said the sheriff. "They called and asked for ransom. Ransom was paid and she was released."

Initially, Sheriff Lee said the suspects requested $2,000 for ransom but in the end accepted $500. After getting the money he says the suspects left the woman and her baby on the side of a road outside Lake. The baby was not harmed.

The three suspects face charges for capital rape, kidnapping and extortion.

"It was not gang related as far as any initiations," said Lee. "This is not a random act where they were just looking to do something such as this. Again, it was intended, even though the victim had nothing to do with what they went there asking for."

Within twelve hours of the incident, deputies made the first arrest. 18-year-old Damion Pace of Forest and Devontae Hughes, 17, of Lake, are charged with committing the crimes. Bond was denied for both suspects.
The search continues for a third suspect, whose name was not released by authorities.


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  • by misinformed on Apr 27, 2010 at 03:50 PM
    Well the news should have informed people that the other guy was a victim as well... no one can know these things unless they are told...all everyone knows is that these two guys broke into her home and kidnapped her and raped her... was he held at gunpoint to help kidnapp her to????
  • by ME Location: Ms on Apr 25, 2010 at 09:10 PM
    You people have no clue what is going on. If u pay attention, you notice that noone has the real story. All of the news stations as well as newspapers have different stories. They havent mentioned not one time how the 18 year old was forced to raped the young lady. He was held at gunpoint just as well as she was, and like she did, he did what he was told. And he was also the one person who stopped the main victim from killing her. You all need to know the facts before you judge someone, and besides...Only God can Judge him. Who are you?
  • by Nick Papagiorgio on Apr 23, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    Scum. They wouldn't have received anything from me except a bullet. I would love to have 5 minutes alone with these pieces of garbage.
  • by NAY Location: JACKSON, MS on Apr 23, 2010 at 06:16 AM
    SICK __________.........................
  • by BC Location: Decatur, MS on Apr 22, 2010 at 02:01 PM
    Why did this happen a week ago and 2 of the men were out and about and the news is just reporting it, after they were all caught? They walked ther street for a week. These men should be in jail for life! I sure hope they are not out on bail now. It was random! They intended to go to someone else's house but they ended up at hers randomly. It could have been anyone of our homes.
  • by Sicken on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    You reap what you sew... When these idiots go to jail over $500.00 someone will rape them as well!
  • by VICTIM Location: FOREST on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    This is a complete shame. I hope the young lady is doing as wall as expected. As for these monsters, I can not put enough words on here to explain what should be done to them. I will keep this young lady and her family in my prayers. She will have a rough time ahead of her. Why do people do such horrible things? May GOD have mercy on their souls!!!
  • by SICKENED Location: MS on Apr 22, 2010 at 07:54 AM
    These boys need to FRY for what they did to this woman.
  • by dang shame on Apr 22, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    the worlds dumbest, stupied criminals. i feel for the victims. these two should be put under the jail. now was $500- $2000 worth it? ask yourself....obvious these two fools have no clue....
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