Three men were arrested for raping a 36-year-old woman before shooting her and setting her on fire in a vacant lot in Georgia on New Year’s Day, authorities said Sunday.
The bleeding victim was found crying for help in a lot on Farr Road in Columbus, where the three suspects, seen below — Joey Garron, 28; Robert Johnson and Ketorie Glover, both 23 — torched the victim in her car about 7:40 a.m. on Jan 1, the Ledger-Enquierer reported.
The wounded woman was rushed to Midtown Medical Center, where she has since undergone extensive treatment for her injuries. Investigators later determined that the victim was at a party the night before and began a rap contest with some men outside the house, police said. But an argument erupted during the competition and one man pulled out a handgun and forced the woman inside her vehicle, cops said. Two others hopped in the car, which the suspects forced the woman to drive to the vacant lot — where they sexually assaulted her before shooting her and dousing her with gasoline, police said. The suspects also allegedly fired at the woman as they walked away from the scene. Garron, Johnson and Glover — who were all arrested last week — face a litany of charges that include rape, kidnapping, arson and weapons possession. Police did not reveal what evidence helped them track down the suspects.“It was not just one thing that led to us to the suspects,” Columbus police Sgt. Lance Deaton told the Ledger-Enquierer. “There’s still more to do.”