Tempe police announced three more arrests today in the kidnapping and rape of an 18-year-old woman in a Tempe home, and there is evidence implicating a primary suspect in a recent, unrelated shooting.
The 18-year-old woman likely was given LSD and other drugs after going to the home at 1129 S. Stratton on June 8, said Tempe police Sgt. Dan Master. She was then tied up, locked in a room, beaten and raped over three days until an unidentified man rescued her, he said. Interviews with current defendants and witnesses led to the arrests on Wednesday in Mesa of Andre Hamilton, 18, Ian Branham, 24, and 20-year-old Guy Wooten, Masters said.
Already in custody are William "Billy" Watson, 21, and his brother Keoni Watson, 17, and Rita Antony, 25. All are being held without bond at Madison Street Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, sexual assault and aggravated assault. The younger Watson will be tried as an adult, according to Masters and jail records.
William Watson, who sometimes goes by the name Billy Bonanno, also is suspected of shooting a man in the chest Jan. 27, 2001, police said. Evidence in that case is being forwarded to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for possible charges, Masters said.
Wooten and Branham are roommates at an apartment in the 1800 block of West Linder Circle in Mesa. Police arrested Wooten in the apartment about 9:45 a.m., while Branham was located during a traffic stop about 3:45 p.m. in Mesa, Masters said.
The two were arrested each on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault and are being held without bail at Madison Street Jail, Masters said. Hamilton is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond on suspicion of one count of sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault, Masters said.
The three men arrested Wednesday may be the final remaining suspects in this case. Earlier reports of five outstanding leads were based on interviews with current defendants, and some tips turned out to be on the same person, but it is likely additional charges may be filed on all in the future, Masters said.
"We believe these six people are the six involved," Masters said. "There definitely will be additional charges."