Four people have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of Madison Brooks, a Louisiana State University student who was fatally struck by a car shortly after the suspects dropped her off in an East Baton Rouge subdivision.
Two of the suspects, Kaivon Washington, 18, and an unidentified 17-year-old boy, were arrested Monday on one count of third-degree rape, according to East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and jail records. The other two suspects, Casen Carver, 18, and Everett Lee, 28, were booked on one count of third-degree principal rape, according to jail records. Lee is Washington’s uncle, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Authorities allege that Washington and the 17-year-old raped Brooks in the back of Carver’s car after she asked for a ride home from Reggie’s bar on Jan. 15 after a night of drinking, according to a arrest report.
The group allegedly dropped Brooks off at an East Baton Rouge subdivision just before 3 a.m., where she was fatally struck by a car after heading out into the street, according to the report. Brooks, 19, was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries. The driver was not arrested.
An autopsy said Brooks tested positive for THC and had a blood alcohol level of .319, nearly four times the legal limit for drivers, according to the report. He also found “injuries consistent with a prior sexual assault.”
Carver told investigators that he, his friends and Lee did not know Brooks before meeting her at Reggie’s, according to the report. The sheriff’s office said it obtained video showing Brooks and the group of children at the bar. At one point she was seen embracing and dancing with the 17-year-old, authorities said.
Carver said everyone was drinking and noted that Brooks “was very unsteady on his feet, unable to keep his balance and unable to speak clearly without slurring his words,” according to the report.
As they were about to leave, Brooks asked for a ride home, Carver told detectives. He said he agreed because he “didn’t want to get her too intoxicated and the bar was closing,” the report said.
Brooks reportedly had trouble telling Carver, who was driving, where he lived, according to the report. Carver said that when she asked for her address, she “broke down and couldn’t answer him.”
Carver stated that he drove a short distance and parked, according to the report. The teen told investigators that she heard the 17-year-old ask Brooks five times if she wanted to have sex with him. Carver told authorities that Brooks “gave his verbal consent.” He also told investigators that Washington asked Brooks numerous times if he wanted to have sex, “and she agreed,” according to the arrest report.
Carver said he and Lee, who was in the passenger seat, remained in the car during both encounters, according to the report. According to Carver, at one point he told his friends “we have to stop this, let’s go.”
When asked by investigators if he thought Brooks was too drunk to consent, Carver said “I guess,” according to the report.
Still unable to find where Brooks lived, Carver said he dropped her off in a subdivision.
Lee and one of the 17-year-old’s parents refused to speak to detectives, according to the arrest report. Washington denied having a sexual relationship with Brooks, according to the report.
Attorney Ron Haley, who is representing two of the suspects, could not be reached by NBC News on Tuesday. He told Baton Rouge CBS affiliate WAFB that no rape occurred.
“She deliberately got into the car, said her travels had left her, and got in. After that time, consensual sexual acts were performed in that car with her and two other people at two separate times,” he said. .
Haley said video taken of the encounter showed Brooks to be coherent.
The attorney also said Brooks and Carver had a disagreement after they drove looking for his address and Brooks said he wanted to get out and call an Uber.
“Can you tell that she was intoxicated, yes? To the point under the law that you say you are in a drunken stupor, to the point that legally you cannot give consent or answer questions, that was not the case at all,” she told WAFB.
On Tuesday afternoon, the state Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Control said it was issuing an emergency suspension prohibiting Reggie’s bar from serving or selling alcohol due to the “seriousness of the allegations and the potential threat to public safety.” public security”. An emergency hearing will be held in February to determine if any sanctions should be imposed on the establishment.
Brooks was a member of LSU’s Alpha Phi Delta Tau Chapter, the sorority said in a Facebook post, remembering her as someone who had a “lasting impact on all of us.” In a statement to the school community, the LSU president said she was an “incredible young woman with limitless potential.”
“She should not have been taken from us like this. What happened to her was bad, and our legal system will dole out justice,” said President William F. Tate IV. “Our collective pain and outrage cannot be expressed in mere words.”
The university has made national headlines in the past due to underage drinking. Four people have been charged in the 2017 death of 18-year-old LSU student Maxwell Gruver, whose blood alcohol content was more than six times the legal limit for driving after fraternity members allegedly subjected him to a hazing ritual. As a result, the school banned the fraternity until 2033.