BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Three boys ages 11 to 13 face criminal charges for allegedly repeatedly raping two younger boys in Battle Creek.
The unnamed suspects, ages 11, 12 and 13, each face three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 Monday evening. All are being held at the county juvenile home and their case is being handled in juvenile court.
Authorities say the boys held the two victims, ages 6 and 8, down during the assaults, which allegedly happened at a garage on S. Wabash Avenue south of Capital Avenue.
Police say the victims told their mother about the assaults on June 12, saying the most recent one had happened the day prior.
Also June 12, the garage caught fire. The suspects initially told authorities they started the fire on accident while smoking marijuana then threw a liquid on it that turned out to be gasoline. Blocker confirmed his investigators now think they set it on purpose in an attempt to destroy evidence. No one was hurt in the fire.
Police said there may be more victims and that more charges may be forthcoming.
The charges were first reported by the Battle Creek Enquirer.