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DA: Suspect In Nordstrom Rack Robbery Raped Hostage 'Multiple Times'
Prosecutors released some more details about the charges five people are facing in the armed robbery and takeover of the Nordstrom Rack last week.
Raymond Sherman Jr., a 34-year-old licensed security guard who authorities said was the most violent of the suspects, could face a lifetime prison sentence with the charges he faces, according to The Daily Breeze. Prosecutors told the Los Angeles Times that Sherman raped one hostage victim "multiple times." He is being charged with two counts of forcible rape, one count of oral copulation, one count of kidnapping for rape, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and 14 counts of second-degree robbery. Sherman is awaiting extradition in Phoenix.
The other suspects Troy Marsay Hammock, 29, and Everett Oneal Allen, 24, are also facing 14 counts each of second-degree robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, according to a release from the District Attorney's office. Hammock was an ex-convict on parole for robbery, while Allen was a cafeteria worker at a Los Angeles middle school.
Two women Paula Roneshia Bradley, 29, and Sherman's sister Rochelle Monique Sherman, 33, are each being charged as accessories to the crime after the fact.
Law enforcement sources told the Times that there is strong physical evidence of the suspects' crimes as well as video. And if you're wondering why exactly someone would rob a Nordstrom Rack in the first place, reports indicate that at least one of the suspects previously worked there.
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