Steven Tuopeh 14, and 3 Other Young Boys, Rape an 8 Year Old Girl
Four young boys, including one named suspect Steven Tuopeh, are suspected of raping an eight-year-old girl in Phoenix, Arizona last Thursday at about 5:15pm local time. The boys, one as young as nine, lured the girl into a storage shed by offering her some gum.
The girl was then restrained while the four suspects, ages 9, 10, 13, and 14, sexually assaulted her. All the suspects, except one, reside with their families in the same apartment complex.
About 15 minutes after the girl was lured into the storage shed, at 5.31 p.m. local time, Phoenix police officers responded to an emergency radio call of an "unknown trouble" with a young girl screaming hysterically as she ran out of a storage shed partially clothed. Several boys were seen running away from the area while one suspect, Steven Tuopeh, was caught by officers at the scene.
All four suspects have been arrested after being identified by witnesses and the victim has been removed from her home by Child Protective Services, as dectectives said her parents blamed the girl for being victimized and "bringing shame to their family".
Steven Tuopeh, 14-years-old, is the only suspect to be identified and he has been detained at the juvenile corrections center on two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping. The other suspects have not been identified, but they are also detained at the same correctional center. The nine-year-old has been charged with one count of sexual assault, the ten-year-old with two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping and the thirteen-year-old has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping.
All four suspects were interviewed and have admitted planning and involvement in the sexual assault of the young girl. In addition to the statements by the suspects and independent witnesses, physical and medical evidence developed probable cause for the arrests and detention of the four suspects.