Three Men Charged in Brutal Gang Rape at Fontainebleau

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Three men in town for Spring Break and the festivities surrounding Miami Music Week were arrested after allegedly brutally gang raping a college student in their room at the Fontainebleau. The young woman met the men at a pool party at the Shelborne Hotel.

Paul Thorington, 22, Anthony Albano, 23, and Ray Joseph Laranjo, 23, all from California, have been charged with sexual battery following the attack.

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The three alleged rapists.
The 21-year-old victim, a criminology major in town for spring break, met the men at the Cadenza Luciano & Carl Craig & Frivolous Pool Party at the Shelborne on Wednesday.

"I had been at the pool party at the Shelborne that day, and we met this group of guys. It was me and my girlfriends," the victim told WSVN. "They seemed nice enough, and we had needed a place to put our purses. There were a lot of people at the party, and we didn't want to put our purses down."

Though the Shelborne and the Fontainebleau are more than 20 blocks away, she decided to return with the men to their room at the famed resort.

Once inside the room the men held her down despite her struggles.

"They were kind of taking turns on me, and somebody let my leg go, and I kicked him in the chest, and he backed up, and the other guy let go of my arm and they all started laughing at me," she said, "And I grabbed all my stuff and ran into the elevator, and there were two girls in there and they asked me if I was OK, and I was already crying and everything. They took me to the front desk."

Thorington, Albano and Laranjo have been denied bond, and made their first court appearance on Friday.

"The safety and security of any guest visiting the Fontainebleau is the number one priority of hotel security," read a statement released by the hotel to NBC Miami. "Fontainebleau is fully cooperating with Miami Beach Police on the incident but cannot comment on the case as it is an on going investigation."

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41 comments
janedow blows
janedow blows

For all of you haters and doubters out there who are drawing conclusions from an accusation that the media blew up, I got something for you. All 3 boys took a polygraph test and guess what, they all PASSED!!! That should shut up all of the losers talking crap. The girl should just come clean already so these boys and their families can get back to their lives.

drugsnstuff
drugsnstuff

I say we test the guys for e or coke. if they have those drugs in them.. they're innocent! can't get it up on those drugs. case closed, lets go home.

Matt Kamphuis
Matt Kamphuis

you ever hear of the word ACCUSED!!? Dont mean they did it...where were the rest of her friends purses!!? o wait they werent with her. and why didnt she have a room to put her purse in!? Why would you go over 25 blocks to drop her purse off sounds fishy.. WORK ON UR STORY SWEETHEART. How many girls are gonna cry wolf? Hope the truth comes out

realityyyy
realityyyy

she went back there for drugs. of course she's gonna lie about that.

coke, pills, whatever. the festival is full of that stuff. the guys had it in their room most likely

still no reason for a rape

Casey Brown
Casey Brown

I know these guys from High School. They were the three nicest guys in school and biggest "ladies men". Everybody loved them, they were not the cock and arrogant type of "ladies man", but genuinely nice guys. They certainly don't need to go to Florida to rape a girl. She is obviously making up the whole thing. I can't believe someone would do such a thing and ruin these guys reputation. I hope they counter sue her ass for defamation of character.

RebelYell
RebelYell

"The 21-year-old victim, a criminology major"She might want to look into a career change, her spider senses are terrible!

Janedow
Janedow

All of the responses, in this forum that suggest that it was the 21 year old girls fault for getting raped, are cruel and insensitive to say the least. It is possible she was an 'easy' going girl and made the mistake of going with them. Have you never made mistakes in your life? Imagine, if for every mistake that you made this past year, you would get raped and in response to your pain, people would say that you should have known better. Those boys should have known better! There was three of them and only one of her! One of them three could have made the right decision and made the other two stop! Why is it that women always get blamed for the animalistic sadistic male tendencies? Men are suposed to be heroe, knights, protectors of the weaker kind! Yet, so many torture women, take advantage of their weakness, & end up blaming women! Only when it is convenient do men say - she should've know better! On all other occasions, men always will be the first ones to downsize women's potential for reasoning hence - This a man's world - quote. Those three boys did a horrible thing and right now they are, probably, too dumb to get it. Perhaps, they will remain the dumb monsters that they are for the rest of their live which would be a light sentence in the eyes of God, but if they don't, they will suffer tremendously once they grasp the horror of what they've done to this girl.....

Aequaleis
Aequaleis

Is it just me or are these guys rather good looking? The one on the left looks like he would have a hot body. I'm just saying!

UnfairSystem
UnfairSystem

The most insane thing about this whole story is that no one knows what really happened - whatsoever. Everyone can reply with their opinions on the girl and the guys and other random BS, but in the interim these 3 guys have their faces plastered all over the world labeled as rapists, are charged with assault and are sitting in county jail without bond b/c a judge felt it was best based upon a loose story by a female party-goer. The damage has already been done to them whether or not they're innocent or guilty. I was falsly accused of a crime and spent 3 days in jail, thousands in attorneys fees and put through an infinite amount of stress and pain just to have the accuser come clean and tell everyone she made up the story days later. It's insane that these guys are already put on the chopping block before anything has actually been proven. It they committed a crime then they deserve punishment, but that has not yet been determined.

Noexcuse
Noexcuse

A young naive girl makes a dumb mistake. Happens all the time. That does not give these animals a right to gang rape her. What goes around comes around, boys. Get your sphincter ready for some unwanted penetration. Miami-Dade jail will be a wonderland for you.

guest878
guest878

Sounds like another case of sobering up in the middle of getting gang banged and then calling it "rape". What a joke.

Yolandaq78
Yolandaq78

I know these guys, my little brother went to school with them, this is crazy! I don't believe that they would do this. It makes no sense, her story is a little weird. I won't believe it until the proof proves otherwise. As, far as for the girl, maybe she should worry about her mental health status if this did happen, instead of selling her story. From day one she wanted to be interviewed on camera, crimeology, huh! she knows the law.

Popo282
Popo282

Ok so she walked 20 block to leave her pruse.. You girls theze days.'m lol

Innocence15
Innocence15

Besides the dumb ignorant move she pulled by going to a hotel room with three men she didn't know; Do you honestly think if these men really raped her they would have raped her in their hotel room and stayed there even after the alleged incident? Also correct me if I am wrong this girl is studying criminology you would think given the situation she would be a little brighter then to go to a hotel room with three men she does not know, 20 blocks away by herself to drop off her purse? really? I dont think so!

INNOCENCE15
INNOCENCE15

This girls whole story does not make any sense. Just hearing her voice when talking about the alleged incident sounds like BS.

Rich Urban
Rich Urban

Why do you guys keep attacking the victim? Maybe she liked one of the guys and then when all of them started to run a train on her she freaked out..:)

hatestoopidppl
hatestoopidppl

sure it was stupid on her part but that does not mean that she asked for it.

svenpartymaan
svenpartymaan

Where were her girlfriends? She left her friends to go to a hotel with three guys? Shady shady shady.

BeSafe
BeSafe

Going back to a room with 3 guys? dumb move.

Olivia
Olivia

they did not take a lie detector test. Their attorney admits the 3 boys had sex with her.

PS Paul and Anthony, stop pretending to be 100 people blogging your innocence. its pathetic.

angmo
angmo

Karma is a bitch so watch out accuser (liar) your day is coming soon! These boys are INNOCENT!!!!

torrancemom
torrancemom

My two sons went to school with these guys and they are shocked to hear that they are being accused of rape. These guys could have any girl why would they take one girl back to their hotel for the sole reason to rape her. The only thing these guys are guilty of is making a very dumb decision to go back to the hotel with her. I have always warned my boys about these type of loose girls and how much trouble they can get into. I have heard horror stories about girls falsely accusing guys just because they later feel bad that they made a fool out of themselves. Many people can comment on how terrible these guys are but if you do not know them personally then you shouldn't judge. These guys had a lot going for them and do you think they would plan on raping this girl and messing up the rest of their lives? I know one of the families personally and my son was a part of their life for a short time and I know that Anthony would not be part of such a brutal crime such as rape. God willing the truth will come out soon and these boys will be freed. I hope that the accuser will come to her senses and speak up and tell the real truth that she went along to have fun with these guys and that later maybe she felt dirty and decided to cry rape. I do not condone rape but lying is wrong...

Olivia
Olivia

what sounds fishier is why 3 guys on vacation would leave a party to go back to their hotel room. It is likely they picked out a girl who was intoxicated and had her guard down , then one guy pretended heh liked her and the other two guys followed behind them back to the hotel, then all 3 jumped her. Every hotel in Miami Beach has a surviellance camera, that shoudl tell us something.

This whole episode kinda reminds me of the Dannish rapist/murder from Aruba who killeed Nathalie Hplloway

Disgusted
Disgusted

thank you!!! burn. i went to high school with all you over privileged torrance high pricks too and my honest 100% opinion is that at least 2 of these dudes raped this chick. Paul,  im not so sure, but he sure didnt stop it. maybe you shouldnt run trains on girls with your dirtbag friends if you dont want to suffer the consequences 

Virusriot
Virusriot

Thank you Casey!! I too went to high schooL with them. Ive known them since middLe schooL. There is NO WAY they couLd have done this. Her story just isnt cLear at aLL. Why on earth wouLd a girL come to the media as fast as she did?? And for her to waLk 20+ bLocks away to put her purse down? Where were her friends at...why did she go aLone just to put her purse down....ugh its just beyond frustrating for aLL of us back home. We want our friends FREE!!!!! My thoughts are with this them and their famiLies <3

janedow blows
janedow blows

Too bad all three boys passed a polygraph test. Who's lying now....? Stupid girl.

TheyAreInnocent
TheyAreInnocent

"They should of known better".....sounds like her words in the paper/media. Its sad you have to defend yourself on here since no one else is

Guest101
Guest101

she went with them to drop off her purse and it means she wants to sleep with them....You guys these days.

Jacyples
Jacyples

Yes it is a verrryy dumb move on her part. Who knows if the story is true or not. If it is true then those guys should get the full penalty for assault n rape charges. As for her, she will have the memories of being raped for making the wrong decision. Hopefully she'd think twice next time.

guest101
guest101

and the bruising on her arms and legs happened because she "liked" one of the guys too?

Innocence15
Innocence15

Liked one of the guys after barely meeting them that day? Liked him enough to go back to his room with his two friends 20 blocks away alone? Now what does that tell you about her?

Rich Urban
Rich Urban

Yes, but it doesn't give them the right to rape her!

Guest201
Guest201

you really think she went with them to drop off her purse...seriously? I know one of the guys, and he is not capable of rape...when my mom, dad, husband, etc., all heard about this we were all in disbelief. I think she was highly intoxicated, started to have sex with a stranger, freaked out, and ran. I won't go into any details, but there is no evidence of her having sex with more than one person. Unfortunately, people make bad choices when they drink too much, and I think this is one of those cases...as she started to sober up, reality hit, and she realized that she didn't want to be doing what she was doing. any guy who has a girl flirting with him, wants to "drop her purse off" in thier room...why not her own room?...is probably thinking about sex. This makes me so angry...both for her for claiming such a harsh offense, and him for being dumb enough to have sex with a drunk girl...wise up people...

BS
BS

Its not that hard to bruise your legs and arms yourself. Shes a criminal justice major of course she will have bruising this is her "case"

Jofo90501
Jofo90501

No men are going to leave a pool party with women 2 let 1 girl put down some purses.. She wanted all 3 of them.. If she didn't tell them she wanted all of them then i really don't think they all would have tagged along.. That's called cockblockin!

Guest101
Guest101

there is no evidence of her having sex with more than one but there is evidence of rape and bruising on her arms and legs. she made a really stupid decision, which she may have not made if she weren't intoxicated. And just because you know one of the men means nothing, you think someone you know is going to publicly tell you he might decided to rape a girl one day with his boys on Spring Break??....wise up buddy. Everyone makes mistakes, doesn't justify harming another person. I live in Miami, and the number of times I have seen guys try to sweet talk a couple of girls to just go hang out is more than enough.

Rape sux
Rape sux

Being Raped is a devastating life changing event. It's not something you geT over Or move on from. Months later you find yourself re living what happened, like it was yesterday. I was raped. I can't imagine being gang raped. If that was your wife, mother, sister or daughter who was this victim...you probably would not have made the comment that you did. I hope you will become wiser as the years go by.

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