Santa Rosa men plead not guilty in assault case

June 13, 2008 11:47:42 AM PDT
Five Santa Rosa men pleaded not guilty in Sonoma County Superior Court this morning to 13 felony charges in connection with the alleged assault and kidnapping of two developmentally disabled men at the Fulton Skate Park in April.

Both of the victims were beaten, one was forced to withdraw money from an ATM machine, one was urinated on, and both victims were forced to perform a sex act on each other, Santa Rosa Police Department Sgt. Lisa Banayat said.

Pierre Jacques Guidry Jr., Mark Anthony Echemendia, Reid Rogers, all 18, Bryan W. Stanley, 21 and Frederick Caddell Jr., 19, are being held in the Sonoma County jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 17.

They are charged with assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, robbery, forced oral copulation, intimidating a witness, attempted sodomy, burglary and possession of a dangerous weapon.

The victims were walking near the skate park at 1701 Fulton Road around 1 a.m. April 26 when they were confronted by six suspects who threatened, robbed and punched them, Banayat said.

One of the suspects told the 19-year-old victim his 21-year-old friend would be beaten if he did not withdraw money from an ATM machine, Banayat said.

After the victim withdrew the money, the suspect and victim returned to the skate park where the other suspects were assaulting the second victim, Banayat said. The suspects then beat both victims and forced them to disrobe and perform a sex act on each other, Banayat said.

The victims walked home and told their parents and were treated for their injuries at a hospital, Banayat said.

The 19-year-old victim suffered a concussion and abrasions to his head and face from being kicked, Banayat said. The 21-year-old victim also suffered a concussion and lacerations to his face, head and upper torso from being kicked, Banayat said.

Police identified some the suspects based on descriptions by the victims and officers who patrolled the area of the skate park documented prior contacts with the suspects, Banayat said.

Eventually six suspects were identified by Detective Mark Mahre but one of them was found dead of a suspected drug overdose in a Motel 6 in Santa Rosa in May, Banayat said.

Guidry and Rogers were arrested in April, Echemendia and Stanley were arrested in May and Caddell was previously arrested, released and re-arrested in the Sonoma County jail Thursday, Banayat said.


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