Four men were taken into custody concerning the sexual assault of LSU student Madison Brooks. The heinous acts occurred before a car struck and killed her. According to the authorities, the suspects left her at a subdivision in East Baton Rouge.
Four people, including three teenagers, arrested in alleged rape of LSU student later fatally struck by car, authorities say. https://t.co/mOHyvYwhcs— ABC News (@ABC) January 25, 2023
Four people have been arrested in connection with the rape of a Louisiana State University student who was fatally struck by a car after the attack. https://t.co/Vw9MSKwsAd
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According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kaivon Washington, 18, and an unidentified 17-year-old boy were booked on separate charges of third-degree rape on Monday. Two additional suspects, Casen Carver, 18, and Everett Lee, 28, have been arrested on charges of principal to third-degree rape. 3 According to the sheriff’s office, Lee is Washington’s uncle.
An arrest report indicated Brooks requested a ride home from Reggie’s bar on Jan. 15 after an evening of drinking. On the way home, Washington and the 17-year-old allegedly sexually assaulted Brooks in the back of Carver’s vehicle.
According to the report, Brooks was dropped off by the group just before 3 a.m. in an East Baton Rouge subdivision, where she was fatally struck by a car after straying into the street. When Brooks, 19, arrived at the hospital, she succumbed to her wounds. No arrest was made for the driver.
NBC News shared the results of the autopsy, and it appears that Brooks was under the influence of THC and had a blood alcohol level of 0.319, which is nearly four times the legal limit for drivers. There were “injuries consistent with previous sexual assault,” the report said.
Carver told investigators that he and his friends, as well as Lee, had never met Brooks prior to their encounter with her at Reggie’s. The local law enforcement agency asserted to have surveillance footage of Brooks and the others in the bar. As per findings, she was even seen hugging and dancing with the teenager.
Carver said in the document that they had all been drinking and that Brooks was staggering and stumbling around and having trouble keeping her words together. Carver told detectives that just before they were about to leave, Brooks requested a ride home. According to the report, he said that he agreed because he did not want to abandon her while intoxicated and because the bar was closing.
The report also noted that Brooks reportedly found it difficult to tell Carver, who was behind the wheel, where she lived. When Carver asked her for her address, she “fell over and could not answer him,” according to Carver.
Carver revealed he only traveled a short distance before parking. He admitted to hearing the 17-year-old five times ask Brooks if she wanted to have sex with him. Authorities were briefed by Carver that Brooks “gave verbal consent.” According to the arrest report, he also said that Washington repeatedly asked Brooks if she wanted to have sex, and that “she consented.”
Carver and Lee, who was seated in the passenger seat, remained in the vehicle throughout both occurrences. ” We’ve got to stop this, let’s go,” he reportedly said to his friends at one point, according to Carver.
When asked by detectives if he believed Brooks was too inebriated to give consent, Carver replied, “I guess,” according to the report.
Carver indicated that he had dropped Brooks off in a subdivision because he could still not determine her residence. According to the arrest report, Lee and the parent of the 17-year-old chose not to speak with detectives. Brooks and Washington allegedly had sex, but Washington denied it.
Haley, the attorney representing two suspects, claimed the footage proved Brooks’s rationality during the incident. He denied the rape to Baton Rouge’s WAFB-TV.
Additionally, he claimed that Brooks and Carver quarreled after searching in vain for her address, during which Brooks said she wanted to exit the vehicle and call an Uber.
Upon hearing of Brooks’s death, the father of Allie Rice, a student at Louisiana State University who was shot and killed in September 2022 while returning home from a friend’s, had some comments.
After Madison Brooks death, slain LSU student Allie Rice's father says 'something's got to change' https://t.co/Ydm0NidePi
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“Something’s got to change in the culture, in the minds,” Rice told Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
“We can’t put it all on the police. Police aren’t the ones committing the crimes here. It’s going to take community effort. It’s going to take all of us to get involved and say, enough is enough,” he said.