indictLAS VEGAS – The first three suspects arrested in the January rape and home invasion robbery of adult star Cytherea have been indicted by a Clark County, Nevada grand jury.
A fourth defendant allegedly connected to the crime spree also was charged by the grand jury.
Casey Franks, 16, Edward Lahnell London, 17, Qumaire Jamael Rainey, 18 and Latoine Morris are all being held in the Clark County Detention Center, with bail set at $1 million apiece.
Franks was indicted on 28 counts, including home invasion, sexual assault, grand larceny auto, burglary, robbery, kidnapping and impersonating an officer. Rainey was indicted on 16 counts, six of which are for sexual assault. London faces 32 counts, including robbery, larceny, conspiracy and kidnapping, but is not charged with sexual assault.
Morris, who was arrested in March for robbery and grand larceny auto, was indicted on 19 counts.
All four are due to appear before Judge Douglas W. Herndon for arraignment in Eighth Judicial District Court on April 9.
Tuesday, Cytherea tweeted photos of herself as she was driven to the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas to testify before the Grand Jury.
According to prosecutors, Las Vegas Metro police were alerted to an apparent Martin Luther King Day crime spree with the report of a carjacking. The Indictment states that London and Morris stole a couple’s 1996 Toyota Corolla and other personal property.
On the night of 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. Cytherea’s two young children and three adults (Cytherea, her husband and his mother) were inside the house, when a gang of five attackers kicked in the door to the home at around 9:30 p.m. The home was ransacked, the occupants held at gunpoint, and Cytherea was raped. According to the indictment, London, Franks, Rainey and two other young men, identified as Arian Landum and Jamaal Little, both aged 17, were the home invaders.
Early the next morning, North Las Vegas police responded to a report of another home invasion. The victim, a female occupant, told police that three men kicked in the door of her an apartment on East Deer Springs Way. She confronted them with her own gun, but they claimed to be police. The men ransacked the residence, 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 Rainey, London and Franks.
Metro detectives, working with North Las Vegas police on this case, identified the three as suspects in the brutal home invasion at Cytherea’s residence.
Authorities report that Franks, London, and Rainey have criminal histories and knew each other from detention. Morris has an open felony drug case from earlier in January.
Two additional teen-aged suspects were arrested in the case in February. It is believed that these two are Landum and Little, the alleged co-conspirators who were mentioned in the indictment in relation to the home invasion but not indicted with the others.
All defendants have been charged as adults.
An online fundraiser has been established to assist Cytherea and her family.
H/T 8NewsNow / Fox5Vegas