An ongoing investigation led to the arrests of Anthony Williams, 22, and Vatavius Shealey, 21, both of West Point. A Valley Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrests, Capt. Robert Fawley said.
Police said the men forced the girl in to the vacant apartment in the West Point Housing Authority and held against her will while sexually assaulting her, then stole undisclosed items from her before fleeing.
“It was a lengthy investigation of what is obviously a very sensitive matter,” Fawley said. “After talking to numerous witnesses, acquaintances and doing a forensics investigation, we obtained their warrants.”
Williams was charged with rape, false imprisonment, burglary, theft by taking, child molestation, cruelty to children and kidnapping a minor.
Shealey was charged with kidnapping, party to a rape, false imprisonment, burglary, theft by receiving stolen property and party to child molestation.
The men were arrested in the 1400 block of 12th Street and were being held without bond.
Hit and run
A man fled on foot after he ran off the street into a yard in the 400 block of Merrywood Drive and struck a parked car Wednesday. He was last seen running into woods along Merrywood Drive.
— A thief entered a residence in the 300 block of Revis Street through an unlocked screen door Wednesday night and stole a computer valued at $367.
— A thief stole a money bag containing an undisclosed amount of coins and dollar bills Wednesday morning from Yasufuku Industries at 1 Yasufuku Road. The plant’s supervisor said the bag was stolen when an employee was collecting change from vending machines.
— A thief stole a chain saw valued at $500 from the back of a pickup truck in the parking lot of Home Depot at 1500 Lafayette Parkway.
Police recovered a stolen vehicle valued at $1,000 in the 100 block of Butler Street on Wednesday morning. The vehicle was stolen Monday from the 1300 block of Elm Street.
A fire Wednesday on Roanoke Road near Fling Road destroyed a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Latoya Griffin of Roanoke, Ala.
The fire, reported at 3:50 p.m., started under the hood from mechanical problems.
n It is the policy of LaGrange Daily News to print the names of people charged with felonies.