Six Suspected Illegal Immigrants Arrested for Gang Rape in Charles - Southern Maryland Headline News

Six Suspected Illegal Immigrants Arrested for Gang Rape in Charles


More Suspects Sought as Investigation Continues


These six men were arrested in connection with the gang rape of an Alexandria, Va. woman.  The men are believed to be illegal immigrants. Clockwise from left: Ivan Urillas-Hernandez, 21, being held without bond; Jose Omar Hernandez-Orellana, 20, $250,000 bond; Juan Carlos Santa-Maria, 18, being held without bond; Adelio Orellana Cruz, 28, $250,000 bond; Ismael Echeverria Montoya, 27; Henry Misael Hernandez-Ramos. Police say they are not 100% confident that the names provided are true. (Arrest photos)

LA PLATA, Md. (March 18, 2010)—The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has arrested six men for holding a 30-year-old woman against her will at a Waldorf residence overnight and sexually assaulting her.

Officers responded to a residence in the 12000 block of Country Lane in Waldorf about 5:30 a.m. March 16 and found the victim, who reported having been sexually assaulted at a residence on nearby Nicholas Road.

Detectives from the Special Victims Unit responded to the scene. Their investigation revealed the victim had been at Fast Eddie’s, an Alexandria nightclub, the previous evening and had met a man with whom she had not been previously acquainted. After spending some time together, the man offered to drive her to her home, which is also in Alexandria. The victim accepted the offer and she entered the man’s vehicle, she found several other men already seated inside. The men did not drive her home and instead brought her against her will to a residence on Nicholas Road, where most of them reside. They forced her into the house, which was occupied with more than a dozen other men and women, who also live at the residence.

Throughout the night, a group of the men — one of whom was armed with a knife — forced the victim to perform various sex acts against her will by threatening to kill her if she failed to comply with their demands. The victim feared for her life and complied with the demands.

In the early morning hours of March 16, she managed to escape the Nicholas Road residence, having been held there for several hours. She ran to Country Lane, where a citizen answered the victim’s knock at the door and her plea for help.

After their initial response to Country Lane, officers and detectives responded to the Nicholas Road residence and began interviewing its occupants. Later March 16, they arrested the following men and charged them with first-degree rape and false imprisonment:

-- Henry Misael Hernandez-Ramos, 20
-- Adelio Orellana Cruz, 28
-- Ivan Urillas-Hernandez, 21
-- Ismael Echeverria Montoya, 27
-- Jose Omar Hernandez-Orellana, 20
-- Juan Carlos Santa-Maria, 18

Detectives believe additional suspects are involved but fled the residence prior to officers’ arrival. Detectives also cannot confirm that the identities provided by the accused are true. It appears most of the suspects and other occupants of the Nicholas Road residence are not legal residents of the United States. The Sheriff’s Office is working with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers. The Sheriff’s Office encountered language barriers during their interviews with the suspects and witnesses and enlisted the assistance of its own translators, as well as translators from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police.

The victim was transported to Civista Medial Center, where specially-trained nurses conducted a sexual assault examination. The nurses are trained not only to perform the examination but also to help sexual assault victims through the emotional trauma of the procedure.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and their search for the additional suspects, who are described only as Hispanic males. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to additional arrests. Call 1-866-411-TIPS or visit the Sheriff’s Office’s Web site, www.ccso.us, for instructions on e-mailing or texting a tip. All tipsters remain anonymous.

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