Police sources have confirmed that three males are in custody assisting with the investigations of the gang rape of two teenagers just over one week ago in Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet.
The males, ages 16, 18, 23, are from the Castries inner-city community of Leslie Land, a reliable source told St. Lucia News Online.
The 18-year-old was reportedly the last one to be picked up by police, on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
At least one of the suspect was charged with burglary. The suspects were remanded at Custody Suites and are likely to be charged pending testing of DNA samples, the source added.
Crime Chief Milton Desir confirmed the details at a press conference on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, indicating that samples from the suspects have been sent overseas for testing.
Police said two females, both 16 years old, were raped by three unknown males after 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 in an apartment in Reduit Orchard, Rodney Bay.
The perpetrators, who concealed their faces with T-shirts, stormed the apartment through the apartment through a closed but unlocked door, police said.
One male was armed with a gun and the females were also robbed of certain items, police said.
“The victims suffered severe lacerations of their vaginas with one being admitted to Victoria Hospital for surgical repair,” one source alleged.
In the Third Quarter Crime Statistics Report 2015 it was revealed that sexual offences and crimes against persons were the only major crime categories which recorded an increased number of accepted cases.