Teenager's Assault Caught On Camera

By: Cayle Thompson Email
By: Cayle Thompson Email

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Wichita police investigating the weekend rape of an 18-year-old woman say video of the attack may be among the most crucial evidence in the crime.

The victim called police Sunday, saying she had been gang-raped by up to four men Saturday night at a home in the 600 block of N. Oliver. She told police two other women captured video of the attack.

Police say the victim was acquainted with her attackers. She was staying at the home on N. Oliver.

Investigators could not say if drugs or alcohol were involved in the attack, adding they continue to investigate what lead up to the crime.

Lt. Troy Livingston said detectives had recovered the video, but had not had a chance to view it as of Monday morning.

"I wish we could have viewed it immediately," Livingston said Monday, "but there's a process detectives have to go through to make sure they don't damage that evidence."

Arrest records show Steven Fritts, 34, Matthew Tanges, 21, Allison Parks, 23, and Abby McGrane-Ralston, 27, were taken into custody Sunday. Police say all could face charges of rape, including anybody who may have videotaped the attack. Bond has been set at $200,000 for each suspect.

Livingston said police questioned and released a third man, and were actively seeking a known fourth person-of-interest in the case.

Police plan to present their case to the District Attorney for formal charges as early as Tuesday.

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