A local prosecutor calls it a disturbing crime after a woman was enjoying the afternoon, sitting at a picnic table when she was raped. But, it doesn't end there.
According to investigators, 16-year-old Andrew Lewis robbed and raped a woman Friday afternoon at Seven Oaks Park and then stole her Isuzu Trooper.
Police say three teenagers left that park and continued on a crime spree that included robbery and a carjacking.
"He said, 'give me all of it,' meaning my keys and my purse," said one woman, whose identity we are not revealing.
That victim said she was approached in broad daylight by a suspect identified by police as Lewis.
Lewis drove off with the woman's Toyota Camry, cash, personal items and keys. And investigators were even more stunned when they say Lewis returned to the woman's home the following night and used the stolen keys to drive off in her Chevrolet Trail Blazer as well.
"We're just regular people living our lives until something horrific happens to you. It changes your life," the woman said.
Lewis, along with William Frazier and Jontarius Sanders, both 15, are facing a long list of charges, including aggravated rape, robbery, carjacking and kidnapping.
Police later came across both the Camry and Trail Blazer parked in front of a home at Moorewood Drive and Village Trail.
Frazier was in the Trail Blazer and was taken into custody. A person in the Camry, believed to have been Lewis, sped away. Minutes later, the Camry was found abandoned on Rainwood Drive.
The alleged crime spree began Friday, which was the day most Metro school students were enjoying the beginning of fall break. Assistant District Attorney Paul Dewitt said there seems to be an increase in juvenile crimes when there is a break at school.
Dewitt works with juvenile court officials in determining whether or not young people are transferred over to adult court.
He said it is likely that because of the seriousness of this crime spree that all three juveniles will end up being tried as adults.
"While we recognize some juveniles could benefit with treatment and rehabilitation within the juvenile system, we also have to keep in mind that adult prosecution is warranted on some of the more serious repeat offenders," Dewitt said.
The victim to whom we spoke said something needs to be done.
"They are either going to hurt somebody or get hurt themselves," she said.
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