A Prince William County woman was raped by five men, police said, in an attack that a police spokesman described as “despicable.”
All five men, ranging in age from 17 to 24, have been charged with raping the 39-year-old victim.
Officer Nathan Probus said that the woman, who lives in Gainesville, went to the 5300 block of Chaffins Farm Court in Haymarket to visit several people she knows.
Police are still not sure whether the woman was drugged, Probus said. But she somehow became incapacitated, and when she woke up, she knew she had been assaulted. She went to a hospital.
Probus said that by talking to the victim and some of the suspects, investigators learned the names of five people who had all raped the victim on Oct. 23.
Pedro Agustin Orozco Rotela, 20, of Bristow was arrested the day after the attack.
On Oct. 28, three more people were arrested: Mohammed Hamza Al-Birmani, 18, who lives on the block where the woman was attacked; Mehran Salehzadeh, 24, of Manassas; and a 17-year-old whose name was not released because he is a juvenile.
Police caught the fifth wanted man, 21-year-old Aras Beyzadeh of Fairfax, on Wednesday and publicized the arrests for the first time the next day.
It is totally unacceptable that this behavior goes on in Prince William County, especially in what used to be the sleepy little village of Haymarket. It seems like just yesterday, rather than a couple years ago, that the Gainesville Supervisor gently chided Chairman Stewart for wanting to add 25 additional police officers to the force. Perhaps Supervisor Candland would like to rethink his upbraiding of the chairman after this hideous incident.
Obviously serious, violent crime has moved into the western part of the county. That’s too bad. Haymarket used to be a lovely, bucolic little town. Now there are traffic jams, strip malls and panhandlers at the traffic lights. These things can’t be helping property values.
This incident should also serve as serious warning to people who are living with a false sense of security. I live in what we called ground zero back around the time of the financial crash and immigration hoopla. I know that some people got all hysterical about what was going on here. Perhaps those further west ought not look so disparagingly at little old Sudley. I feel that I live in a very safe neighborhood. Perhaps I will start being more careful about locking MY own doors.
Meanwhile, it sounds like there are some new thugs in town. I am all for hiring as many new cops as we can to make sure that our county residents are safe. I certainly wouldn’t laugh at the Chairman’s efforts to increase the number of police on the force.