Four Michigan gang members are finally behind bars this week as a teen girl has finally come forward and accused them of not only gang raping her, but also tattooing parts of her body without permission. Although this incident happened 2 years ago, police were able to find enough evidence to jail these four members of the Insane Spanish Cobras gang – who have 40 counts of crimes in connection with this one.
According to MLive, Jacob Yrles, Anthony Bunn, Terry Taylor, and Steven Erwin Washburn, had invited the girl, who remains unnamed, to a party. They proceeded to gang rape her. They then told her it was part of an initiation into the gang.
The girl says she didn’t bring charges against them sooner because she “formed a trauma bond”, and tricked by the gang into not telling on them.
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The teen says that she was told that if she rolled a dice, she could have sex with that number of gang members, which is a gang initiation method. She said that she refused, but was later raped by the four men, after she said that she had a “gut feeling” that something bad was going to happen to her.
The gang members, wearing bandanas over their faces, reportedly took turns raping the teen, one by one.
The day after the sexual assault, the teen says that she was tattooed by the men on several parts of her body with signs and names related to the gang.
The teen was asked by defense attorneys why she waited two years to report the incident and why she continued to associate herself with the suspects following the alleged rape. She said that she formed a “trauma bond” with the man and said that the incident was so traumatic that she didn’t tell anybody for almost a year.
“I think it’s a called a trauma bond,” the teen said when questioned. “I didn’t have people who would stand by my side at the time.”
According to MLive, Dunn, Taylor, Washburn, and Yrles are all facing charges of first-degree criminal sexual assault, gang membership, gang recruitment, unlawful imprisonment, carrying a concealed weapon, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. Bunn is also facing an additional felony firearm charge.