Three arrests have been made in what Columbus police Sgt. Lance Deaton called Sunday a “very brutal crime,” involving the rape, shooting and burning of a woman.
Arrested were Joey Betrail Garron, 28, of Columbus, Robert Carl Johnson, 23, of Columbus and Ketorie Glover, 23, of Columbus.
Police Lt. John McMichael said in a news release Sunday morning that all face felony charges of aggravated assault, rape, kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy, arson first degree, hijacking a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Glover is additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to McMichael, on Jan. 1, around 7:40 a.m. police responded to a vacant lot at 988 Farr Road. in reference to a person crying out for help.
The responding officers found a woman suffering from several gunshot wounds.
Subsequent investigation discovered that the victim, 36, had been to a party at a house located on Garden Drive. There, outside the house, she became engaged in a spirited rap contest with some men. At some point, the exchange became heated and one of the men produced a handgun and forced the victim inside of her vehicle.
Two other men, one of whom was also armed, joined them in the car. The woman was driven to a vacant lot located at 988 Farr Rd. At that location, police say, all three men sexually assaulted her.
The woman's vehicle and the woman were doused with gasoline and set on fire. She was also shot several times.
Police say the men left the victim in the field, firing shots at her as they walked away.
The woman was taken by ambulance to Midtown Medical Center, where she has undergone extensive medical treatment for the injuries she sustained.
Deaton said Johnson was arrested on Thursday, Garron on Friday and Glover on Saturday.
Each was arrested in Columbus, Deaton said all were arrested peacefully.
“It was not just one thing that led us to the suspects,” Deaton said.
He said that police are still working on the case.
"There's still more to do," Deaton said.
Garron and Johnson have both appeared in Columbus Recorder’s Court and had their cases bound over to Superior Court.
Glover will appear in Columbus Recorder’s Court Monday at 9 a.m.