CHICAGO — An eighth person has been charged in the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of three girls on the city's West Side, police said.
Ramel Stevens, 20, of the 1800 block of South 58th Street in Cicero, was charged with three counts each of aggravated criminal sexual assault and kidnapping by force of threat, police said. He is scheduled to appear in court Saturday.
Seven teens were charged this week in the assualt, which took place Oct. 19 in the 700 block of North Parkside Avenue.
The seven teens charged include Fitzpatrick Durham, 18; Kelvin Pryor, 17; Sadarius Price, 17; Joshua Grayer, 18; Denzel Clay, 19; Vanburen Robinson, 18; and Maurice Johnson, 17, authorities said Friday.
Prosecutors said the group was in a van in the 700 block of N. Parkside Avenue in Austin about 9:25 p.m. on October 19 when they spotted three teenage girls.
The van parked outside a liquor store, and after one of the men bought liquor, the group convinced the girls, who were between the ages of 15 and 16 years old, to get inside.
While in the van, two of the girls and the men drank liquor and smoked marijuana, according to prosecutors. After the girls had become "intoxicated," some of the men in the van allegedly began sexually assaulting the them.
Prosecutors said one of the girls was so drunk she was unable to hold her head up. She "was crying and had tears streaming down her face throughout the incident," officials said.
On Friday, Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered Robinson, of the 600 block of S. 12th Avenue in Maywood, and Johnson, of the 800 block of N. Massasoit Avenue, each held on $500,000 bond.
The other five teens appeared in court previously.
CONTRIBUTING: Quinn Ford