July 15, 2010
A four-year investigation has resulted in indictments against five people in what Shenandoah County Sheriff Tim Carter is calling an "extremely violent" case.
All five men are charged with gang participation and raping two 15-year-old girls.
A grand jury handed up indictments Tuesday against Harold Guanilo-Cueva, Alex Vigil, Anthony Mendoza, Ryan Williams and a 17-year-old man. Carter says they're all from Northern Virginia.
According to an affidavit to obtain a search warrant, the alleged rapes happened on Jadwyn Road in November 2006. An investigator says the girls snuck out to go to a party.
That same year, the investigator says law enforcement officers served two search warrants on the house on Jadwyn Road for gang-related and sexual assault crimes.
"It's not that easy. It's not that simple. It's very complicated, and this was one of those cases that was very complicated," says Carter. "Hopefully, we'll be able to prosecute these people to the fullest extent of the law. Our goal is to have them off the streets for the rest of their lives."
This case is almost four years old. The people accused in the rape case were all from Northern Virginia. They are being held at various jails. A court date has not been set.