Cytherea Rape Case Update: New Details, Suspects Charged As Adults, No Bail

Cytherea Rape Case Update: New Details, Suspects Charged As Adults, No Bail

The three suspects in the Cytherea home invasion and sexual assault case were arraigned Friday.

Las Vegas Justice Court judge Conrad Hafen ordered the teenaged suspects, Qumaire Rainey, 18; Edward London, 17; and Casey Franks, 16, remanded without bail.

From left to right, defendants Casey Franks, Edward London and Qumaire Rainey. (Source: LVMPD)
From left to right, defendants Casey Franks, Edward London and Qumaire Rainey. (Source: LVMPD)

The court appointed attorneys from the public defender’s office to represent each of the three defendants.

Charges against the three defendants include five counts of robbery, four counts of kidnapping, three counts of conspiracy to commit sexual assault and one count of sexual assault.

All three were charged as adults.

New details

One female resident of the home, adult performer and feature entertainer Cytherea, was sexually assaulted four times by three of the assailants, according to Metro’s arrest report. Also in the house were Cytherea’s young children; her husband; and her husband’s mother, who was sleeping in the children’s bedroom.

On Jan. 19, Metro officers were dispatched to a home in a southwest Las Vegas, in response to a report of a home invasion, robbery and sexual assault.

KSNV reports the harrowing details contained in the police report:

The attacks and robbery began about 7:30 p.m. when four male teens kicked in the door of the home in the southwest Las Vegas Valley, grabbed a male victim, forced him to the floor and pointed a gun to his head. As some of the men began ransacking the house, another suspect held a knife to the victim’s throat.

An adult woman who was sleeping upstairs was awakened by loud crashes and noise. One of the assailants pushed through the door into her bedroom and put a gun to her head. He repeatedly questioned her: “Where is the safe, bitch? Where is the money? Where is the gold?” The man then walked down the hallway to the children’s bedroom.

In that bedroom, he confronted another adult woman who was sleeping with two children. After demanding to know where he would find valuables, he ordered her to keep the children in the room or they all would be killed. After taking valuables from the bedroom, the man returned to the other adult woman.

He forced her into another bedroom, pulled off her clothing and began sexually assaulting her. She begged him not to rape her. She told police he choked her as he raped her. Another suspect entered the room and demanded that she perform oral sex on him.

A third suspect then came to the room and raped her. She begged him to stop.

Moments later, another assailant, who appeared to be the group’s leader, ordered the other suspect to stop assaulting the woman. “This isn’t why we’re here. If you wanna get your rocks off, we can call one our bitches or hoes.” He then helped the woman off the floor and apologized.

As soon as this man left the room, another suspect entered and raped the woman a third time.

One of the victims called 911. Neighbors told officers they heard the suspects yelling that they had to leave because the police were on the way. They fled in a waiting car.

When officers arrived they found the house ransacked and a trail of property leading to the street. A neighbor’s video surveillance showed a dark sedan, possibly a Toyota Corolla, parked in front of the house during the robbery.

The sexual assault victim was taken to UMC for an exam and treatment.

As previously reported, Metro detectives, who were working with North Las Vegas police on a related case, later identified the three as suspects.

Early the next morning, North Las Vegas police responded to a report of another home invasion. The victim said three men kicked in her door. She confronted them with her own gun, but they claimed to be police. They ransacked the house, taking electronics, guns and the woman’s car.

Using the woman’s iPhone locater, they tracked the stolen car. After chasing two cars, police arrested three suspects. Two more suspects remain at large.

Police said the three defendants have criminal histories and knew each other from detention.

According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, at the same time in 2014 Rainey and London attended the “minimally secure Spring Mountain Youth Camp”, where Rainey was “a constant discipline problem.”

Before Rainey departed Spring Mountain, he committed numerous rules violations and spent almost all his spare “home” time on restrictive status. He struggled the entire time he was in placement and wasn’t a candidate for less supervision.

“This is a young man who shouldn’t have been released,” one source requesting anonymity said. “He shouldn’t have come to Spring Mountain in the first place. And he shouldn’t have gone from Spring Mountain to a group home.”

Far from improving in the motivation-based system at Spring Mountain, Franks committed a drug violation and was kicked off the school’s football team before the state championship. (At Spring Mountain, teens with improved behavior can earn weekend furloughs.)

18-year old Rainey is currently housed at Clark County Detention Center, while London and Franks are being held at the Juvenile Detention Center.

Their next court appearance, at a preliminary hearing, is scheduled for February 23 at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: 2 more teens arrested in the case