3 men accused of raping a woman who asked for a ride

2013-08-15T20:30:00Z 2013-08-15T23:31:08Z 3 men accused of raping a woman who asked for a rideSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com
August 15, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Prosecutors allege three men raped a woman who asked them for a ride.

Charged with rape, criminal deviate conduct, criminal confinement and battery by means of a deadly weapon are Anthony Thornton, 22, of Hammond; Kevin Dillard, 22, of Harvey, Ill., and Denzel Nelson, 23, of Hazelcrest, Ill.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the woman told police she asked the men for a ride after she had been drinking with friends in Harvey in late July.

The men allegedly did not take the woman to the location she asked. Instead, they drove the woman to an apartment complex in Hammond, where all three raped and beat her and one pointed a handgun at her head, the affidavit states.

Police were called in the early morning hours of July 28 to the CVS pharmacy in the 6400 block of Calumet Avenue in Hammond, where the woman reported being raped.

The woman told police that after being assaulted in the apartment for several hours, she was confined in the trunk of a car and freed in the vicinity of the pharmacy.

Police drove her past several apartment buildings until she recognized the complex where she had been confined, according to the affidavit.

A car that matched a description given by the woman was found parked in a lot at the Greenbriar Apartments, near Grand Avenue and 173rd Street.

The car was registered to Thornton, who matched the woman's description, court records state.

Thornton denied raping the woman, records state. However, he admitted he, Dillard and Nelson picked up the woman at a gas station and returned with her to his apartment in Hammond, where the woman, Dillard and Nelson had sexual relations, records state.

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