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5th suspect charged in multiple rapes of 16-year-old

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A fifth suspect has been charged in the multiple rapes of a 16-year girl.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced that Tyrell Patterson-Scott, 19, of Buffalo was arraigned Thursday morning in Erie County Court. The indictment charged him with one count of first degree kidnapping, one count of second degree kidnapping, 14 counts of first degree rape, 15 counts of first degree criminal sexual act in the first degree — all felonies — and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

It is alleged that on Nov. 20, 2020, at approximately 7 p.m., a 16-year-old female victim entered a vehicle with Abdiwahab Sabtow and two juvenile offenders who drove her to park on the West Side of Buffalo instead of their intended destination. The three defendants are accused of forcibly raping the victim at the park.

After the alleged sexual assault, the defendants drove the victim to another location, where they picked up Bryce J. Baker and Tyrell Patterson-Scott.

It is further alleged that the five teenagers drove the victim to West Ferry Street near Broderick Park, where they forcibly raped the victim again.

The five defendants, who are accused of kidnapping the victim, drove to a third location on Dart Street where they forcibly engaged in further sexual contact with the victim. She was allegedly held against her will in a garage for several hours before she was able to escape.

Patterson-Scott was located Wednesday at an apartment on Hedley Place in Buffalo, where he was taken into custody on the indictment warrant. He is due back in court on Sept. 7 for further proceedings and has been remanded without bail.

The four other defendants are already in custody.