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December 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Two men found guilty of SeaTac rape, assault

Two men accused of raping and beating a homeless woman after another woman lit the victim’s hair on fire were each found guilty Wednesday on two counts of second-degree rape, second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment.

Luis Andre Perez, 24, and Christapher Tarence White, 23, were convicted after nearly four days of jury deliberations. They had been on trial in King County Superior Court since late November, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sean O’Donnell.

According to court filings, the victim told King County sheriff”s investigators that on Jan. 20, 2010, she went to a house in the 12000 block of 12th Avenue South, near SeaTac, where she had lived off and on. The woman said she considered Troy O’Dell, a man who lived in the house, “family.”

But after the woman arrived, O’Dell’s girlfriend, Candace Sanders, started punching her. White and Perez joined in and punched and kicked the woman.  At some point during the attack, Sanders set fire to the woman’s hair, according to court filings.

The victim was attacked because the defendants thought she was a snitch, according to court filings

O’Dell told Perez and White to take the woman downstairs and clean her up. Instead, the men raped her. Afterward, the victim was ordered to stay in the house, but on the second day she managed to bolt from the home. She went to a neighbor’s house and was taken to the hospital, court filings said.

The Sheriff’s Office was contacted, and deputies arrested O’Dell, Perez and White in O’Dell’s Mercedes-Benz. Deputies said they found 952 Oxycontin pills tucked behind Perez’s genitals. The street value of the pills, at the time, was estimated at $50,000, according to court filings. Perez had earlier pleaded guilty to drug possession with intention to deliver, O’Donnell said.

Deputies who searched the home found ski masks, a gun case, body armor, ammunition and packaging materials for drugs.

Sanders, 25, was found guilty of second-degree assault and drug possession.  O’Dell, 27, was found guilty of unlawful imprisonment and misdemeanor harassment, O’Donnell said.

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