An 18-year-old man was held without bail Friday on charges that he participated in a brutal gang rape and beating of a woman and her 12-year-old son in a crime-ridden housing project.
Tommy Lee Poindexter, 18, was indicted Thursday on 14 counts, including sexual battery, kidnapping and burglary. He is accused of participating in the rape of a 35-year old woman with as many as nine other suspects whom police believe are all teenagers.
Three other teens — Jakaris Taylor, 15; Nathan Walker, 16; and Avion Lawson, 14 — are also held without bail after being indicted last month. All face possible life sentences in adult prison if convicted. Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the maximum penalties and will not negotiate any plea deals.
The woman told police the masked teens accosted her and her 12-year-old son in their apartment at the Dunbar Village housing project June 18. The teens are accused of repeatedly raping and sodomizing the mother, beating both of them and forcing her to perform oral sex on her son. The suspects then doused the victims with cleaning solutions, likely in a crude attempt to clean the crime scene, police said.
Taylor, Walker and Lawson were linked to the crime through DNA evidence and fingerprints, police said. A police report indicates Poindexter was also sought for a DNA comparison.
“He has denied any involvement but the physical evidence we have from the scene speaks to the contrary,” police spokesman Peter Robbins said Friday. “We’re certainly developing more suspects and anticipate more arrests.”
Poindexter’s mother, Harriet Rogers, 44, said her son was home with her on the night of the attack.
“My son didn’t have anything to do with that stuff,” Rogers said.
Poindexter did not yet have an attorney. A bail hearing was set for Saturday.