Brighton, N.Y. (WHAM) – Three suspects are in police custody after investigators say a student at MCC was forced into a car, taken to a motel and assaulted.
Brighton Police said 23-year-old Andy Nano, 20-year-old Mohammed Al-Harbi, and an unnamed 17-year-old were arrested. All three are from Arizona.
On Wednesday afternoon around 3:30, police said the three approached a 21-year-old woman as she was leaving a class and walking into the MCC parking lot. They then allegedly forced her into a car. Police said one of the three men was an ex-boyfriend, but did not specify which one.
“When we started driving, Andy said that he had a gun in his back pack and that he would shoot me if I screamed or tried to escape. I started crying and was upset. Andy slapped me across the face and said, ‘Shut up,'” the victim said in court documents.
Police said she was then taken against her will to the Motel 6 in Gates where she was sexually assaulted. After they let her go, police say she called 911 to report everything.
Officers responded to the Motel 6 and arrested all three suspects. The woman was not there when police arrested the men.
The woman has been treated and released from Strong Memorial Hospital.
Brighton Police have not said how the suspects were apprehended, but said they worked with Gates Police , MCC Public Safety and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office to arrest the suspects.
“We thank the Brighton Police Department and Chief Henderson for their diligence, professionalism and partnership in addressing this incident. The safety of our college community is our highest priority and we deeply appreciate BPD’s partnership in that effort,” MCC Public Safety Department Chief Tony Perez said in a statement.
Nano, Al-Harbi and the third suspect were each charged with second-degree kidnapping. All three were arraigned and are in the Monroe County Jail on $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.
Gates Police said Nano will be charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree criminal sexual act. The warrant will be lodged at the Monroe County Jail.
More charges could be pending after a grand jury hears the case.