Two Florida men accused of kidnapping and sexually battering a woman claim they did it to “teach her a lesson” about dating black men, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Clermont Police are searching for Justin Akeen Fedrick, 27, and Keno Dellshai Gordon, 26. The men are suspects in an alleged rape that took place in the early hours of June 22.
The unnamed victim said she was “just hanging out with friends” when one of the so-called “friends,” 32-year-old Rodney “Coop” Cooper, pushed her into a bedroom, locked the door, and “stood guard,” according to a statement released by the Clermont Police Department on their Facebook page.
Fedrick and Gordon then allegedly sexually battered the woman. She reportedly told investigators she tried to fight them off, but “they were too strong.”
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the men told her “We’re going to teach you a lesson about dating a black man and white [women] don’t mean [expletive] in this town.”
After the assault, the men told the victim they would make it “ten times worse” if she went to the police. She ran from the home, reportedly afraid they would come after her.
The victim texted her boyfriend around 3 a.m., saying she was “bleeding and limping” somewhere in the neighborhood, according to police reports. The boyfriend then called police. Deputies located the victim shortly thereafter.
Police arrested Cooper the next day on the charge of kidnapping. He was booked into Lake County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
Police have issued warrants for the arrests of Fedrick and Gordon, who are believed to be in the Central Florida area. Both reportedly have a history of violence and are considered armed and dangerous.
Those with information about this case are encouraged to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477. Tips to Crimeline can be made anonymously and those with information leading to the arrest of the suspects could be eligible for reward.
Feature photo: Clermont Police Department