Weston Student Accused of Raping Woman on FSU Campus
I guess the phrase parents always preach to their children "don't trust anyone" still applies even on campus grounds. George Herbert IV, a 19 year old student from FSU, is one of two men accused of raping a female student on campus early Sunday Morning. Herbert turned himself in Wednesday evening at his attorney's office, authorities said. According to the Sun-Sentinel news,
George Herbert Coloney IV, 19, a student at FSU, is one of two men accused of raping a female student on the campus of the Tallahassee school early Sunday.
"He turned himself in already … up in Tallahassee," said Coloney's father, George Coloney, when reached by phone Wednesday evening. He characterized the situation as "out of hand."
The younger Coloney's co-defendant, Cole Durrett Borror Ekus, 19, was arrested early Wednesday. Both defendants are charged with sexual battery. Police say Borror Ekus has a Tallahassee address.
According to an arrest warrant, the pair asked for help with directions to DeGraff Hall from a female student about 3 a.m. Sunday.
The student, who was on the phone with her boyfriend, ended the call and walked with the pair toward the hall. One of the suspects got on a nearby motorcycle in a parking lot and began talking to her. The second suspect, who the first suspect repeatedly called "Cole," sat on the curb by the motorcycle, the warrant said.
The man on the motorcycle then exposed himself and tried to kiss the student before pulling her behind a brick column between the Strozier Library and the Business Building, police said. That's where he turned her face to a wall and raped her, the warrant said.
The woman told investigators that she pleaded for him to stop and that the man who raped her told "Cole" to close his eyes, but then called him over.
When the second man approached the student, he, too, raped her, the warrant said. After the assault, the woman returned to her dorm, where she told her roommate she had been raped, police said.
The victim and her roommate flagged down a police officer on campus and reported the sex assault.
Police found a red plastic cup at the scene of the attack and submitted it into evidence, along with the student's clothing, the warrant said.
Given the name of "Cole" as a lead, police searched for any student with that name at DeGraff Hall and found Borror Ekus on the list of students who lived there. Surveillance cameras recorded Borror Ekus and Coloney walking together toward the hall shortly before Borror Ekus entered DeGraff Hall with an access card he swiped at 3:24 a.m., the warrant said.
When an investigator interviewed Borror Ekus, he said he did not remember much from the evening and offered contradicting stories about whether Coloney, his roommate, had been with him or not.
Police returned to speak with Borror Ekus on Tuesday and found Coloney also at home. Both declined to offer police further information without first speaking with their attorneys.
When reached Wednesday, a woman who identified herself as a relative of Borror Ekus declined to comment.
When police showed the victim a photo lineup, she identified both men as her attackers and "reacted physically upon encountering the pictures of Borror Ekus and Coloney," the warrant said.
According to Maj. Jim Russell, of FSU police, approximately 56,000 students, faculty and staff were alerted Sunday of the sex assault investigation via email and the agency's Facebook and Twitter accounts, hours after the attack was reported.
A university spokeswoman said student arrests trigger separate reviews by the division of student affairs to determine whether disciplinary action is necessary.