MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- Four young adults face charges ranging from assault to rape for an attack that police say happened at a home in Niangua. Prosecutors have charged Charles Medina and David Lowery, both around 20 years old, with rape and assault.
The probable cause statements against the men say the rape of a victim happened around May 22 at a home listed as Medina's address, 520 Goat Road, near the community of Rader in northeast Webster County. The Webster County sheriff says it happened at a party at which five people between the ages of 17 and 20 were drinking alcoholic beverages.
Angelina Medina and Kristin Prince, both in their late teens, are charged with assaulting the same victim by beating her with wood and a metal broom handle. The probable cause statements say the victim was also branded with a clothes hanger. Angelina Medina is a sister of Charles Medina.
Charles Medina and Kristin Prince were in the Laclede County jail on Tuesday. The other two were in the Webster County jail by Wednesday. A judge set their bonds at $250,000 each and set another hearing for next Monday.
- Charges and probable cause statements for assault in Niangua
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- Charles Medina
- Abusive Behavior
- Sex Crimes
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The woman said the men held her down and sexually assaulted her, according to the probable cause statements. That report led to interviews of Charles Medina and Lowery by two detectives.
In an interview on June 3, the detectives asked Medina if he realizes he does stupid thing because of drugs or alcohol.
"Charles said he does stupid things when he is sober. Charles said when he is bored he 'wants to get in trouble,'" the detective wrote.
Medina then admitted he hit the woman in the ribs wither his elbow, held her wrist while Lowery raped her, heard the woman say "stop, stop, stop," 20 or more times.
On June 11, detectives asked Medina to come back for another interview. In that interivew, the probable cause statement says, Medina added that he held the woman down while she was branded, and that the men continues to assault her after she was knocked out and seriously injured, to the point that she "could have died from the assault, and they still continued."
Detectives also interviewed Lowery on June 3. His probable cause statement says he admitted the woman was fighting and hitting him in the face "to make him stop sexually assaulting her." He also admitted he forced the woman to have sex with him and agreed she said "stop" 20 or more times.
In a second interview on June 11, the detective wrote, Lowery said the assault could have led to the woman's death, and he knew "he was doing serious injury" to her, including knocking her out with a "superman punch," after which the men continued to assault the woman, including branding her with a heated wire clothes hanger.
In the probable cause statements against Angelina Medina, detectives say they interviewed her on June 11. They wrote that she admitted hitting the woman with a metal broom handle in the back of the legs, stomach and back; hitting the woman in the face and elbow with her fist; and knew the woman was seriously injured, needed medical attention, and could have died from her injuries.
Detectives interviewed Prince on June 12. In her probable cause statement, detectives say she said the group decided to assault the woman 10 minutes before the assault started. They said Prince said she hit the woman with a piece of wood in the nose and the cheek; said all four of them hit the woman a lot; said she held the woman down while she was branded; "said she thought to herself they could have killed" the woman, and said the victim said "stop" close to 100 times.
In an interview on Tuesday, Sheriff Roye Cole said the woman was beaten after the other four people accused her of stealing $5. He said the investigation started after the woman told members of the church that she attends in Laclede County.