APD investigating alleged gang rape of teen

APD investigating alleged gang rape of teen

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Two Austin men have been charged in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 13-year-old female. 

"I think it's really sick. It's a lot of kids in this area, a lot of kids," said Shaneequa Jupiter, who has two kids living with her at the Avalon Palms Apartments in the 9300 block of Northgate Boulevard. "I have a boy and a girl."

Her daughter is the same age as the 13 year-old victim, who tells police she was sexually assaulted by 10 to 13 men at apartment 292, which overlooks the pool.

Austin police reports show on June 29, the 13 year-old girl ran away from the Settlement Home, a transitional living facility that also provides foster care.

She was approached by three Hispanic men in a white car near the intersection of Payton Gin Road and Galewood Drive, and then brought to the Avalon Palms Apartments.

Two men have been arrested, police say for their involvement, 24 year-old Juan Lozano Ortega and 26-year-old Edgar Gerardo Guzman Perez.

The teen victim tells police she was taken inside an apartment, where Ortega forced himself on her as the other men cheered him on, recording the assault on their cell phones. All the men took turns having sex with her against her will. A forensic exam revealed injuries consistent with her claims.

"It's sad that we can't even let our children go outside...or have them carry pepper spray or knives, at 13, that's sad," said Leticia Rodriguez, another resident at Avalon Palms, which has no security on site or functioning security cameras.

Rodriguez said, "They don't even give us a note or something and say oh, this happened, please be careful with your kids and not let them go out. They don't tell us nothing."

The affidavit states the assault lasted until early into the morning of June 30, then the victim was driven to a nearby neighborhood and told to "find somewhere to go."

Police say they were able to track Ortega and Perez from the phone call the girl made to her foster brother with their cell phone. She was able to make it back on her own to the settlement home.

Neither Austin police nor the Settlement Home is commenting at this time. Management for Avalon Palms Apartments say they will be releasing flyers to all tenants informing them of this incident soon.

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