Two more suspects wanted in connection with a Conway-area rape involving multiple attackers surrendered to police Saturday and are now behind bars, bringing the total to five arrests for the case.
Dequan Rashawn Paulin, 21, of Conway and Roman Avedis Ferguson, 20, of Sumter were announced as wanted by Horry County police Thursday in connection with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping after a 19-year-old girl reported being sexually assaulted by multiple men at a Conway-area party on March 12, police said.
Paulin and Ferguson are both charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, according to J. Reuben Long Detention Center records.
The men surrendered to authorities after seeing themselves on Facebook, Denis said.
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The victim from this case reported the incident at Conway Medical Center on March 12 soon after the assault happened, police said.
She told officers she went to a party about 3:40 a.m. March 12 with two friends at a home on the 1700 block of Bayberry Drive in Conway, off Carolina Road near U.S. 501, according to the report.
The victim asked where the bathroom was shortly after arriving at the party and was directed to it by one of the suspects. She told police two men came into the bathroom and began sexually assaulting her soon afterward, police said.
The victim said she told the suspects “no” and she didn’t want “to do this,” but the men continued to assault her, authorities said.
The victim said she was forced into the bedroom where the assault continued, and that several people tried to enter the bedroom, but were stopped by one of the men, according to the report.
The assault lasted for about 45 minutes to an hour, the victim said.
Police mobilized and quickly arrested Matthew Tyler Goodwin, 25, and Javon Lorenz Johnson, 21, both of Conway.
They are each charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, authorities said.
Raheen Levar Linnen, 24, of Georgetown, was arrested Wednesday after police continued to investigate the incident, and is also charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, authorities said.
Linnen’s bond was set at $35,000, and Johnson’s was set at $20,000, according to jail records. Bond has not yet been set for Goodwin, Paulin, and Ferguson.