43-Year-Old Newest Suspect in Richmond Gang Rape: Police

Friday, Jan 15, 2010  |  Updated 4:00 PM PDT
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43-Year-Old Newest Suspect in Richmond Gang Rape: Police

Jodi Hernandez

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Richmond police named a 43-year-old man Friday as the seventh suspect in October's gang rape outside a Richmond High School homecoming dance.

       Police have issued a $100,000 arrest warrant alleging felony sexual assault for Richmond resident John Crane Jr., police spokesman Lt. Mark Gagan said.
      
On Oct. 24, as many as 10 people beat and raped a 16-year-old girl for more than two hours while others watched, according to police. Six suspects have been arrested and charged in the case.
      
Gagan said based upon the severity of the charges and his past criminal history, Crane should be considered armed and dangerous.
      
He declined to comment on Crane's prior record or the evidence against him in the gang rape case.
      
Crane is more than twice as old as most of the suspects, which creates a "unique dynamic," according to Gagan.
      
He said police do not believe Crane had any association with the victim prior to the attack.
      
Crane is described as a black man, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 190 pounds. He has a slight mustache and goatee and the words "John John" tattooed on his chest, according to police.
      
Police are offering an award of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects in this case.
 

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