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5 teens face 205 felony charges related to Buffalo rapes

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Five teenagers are facing a total of 205 felony charges in connection with two rapes committed late last year in the Buffalo.

Bryce Baker, 19, Abdiwahab Sabtow, 19, and two juveniles, ages 13 and 14, were arraigned in Erie County Court Tuesday. A fifth man is wanted on an indictment warrant and has not been identified pending arraignment.

Authorities said Baker, Sabtow and the two juveniles are accused of forcibly entering a home on the West Side on Sept. 26. They said three of them raped an 11-year-old and stole a cell phone. The victim was taken to Oishei Children's Hospital for treatment.

The second incident took place on Nov. 20. Authorities said a 16-year-old female entered a vehicle with Sabtow and the two juveniles. The group then picked up Baker and another male and allegedly raped the female near Broderick Park.

The five defendants then took the victim to a house on Dart Street, where more sexual assaults took place. She was kept inside a garage against her will, but was able to escape after several hours. A passerby saw her walking without shoes and took her to a safe place, before she was taken to Oishei Children's Hospital.

Baker, Sabtow and the two juvenile offenders have been remanded without bail. Return court dates have not yet been scheduled. If convicted of all charges, the adults face a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

Orders of protection were also issued on behalf of both victims Tuesday.