NEW BRITAIN â€“ Police are seeking the publicâ€™s help in identifying several men who allegedly gang raped a 14-year-old while she was being held against her will at a Clark Street recording studio in April.
The 14-year-old told police after she escaped that a man she knew as â€śWookieâ€ť refused to let her go, raped her several times and allowed seven of his friends to rape her repeatedly as well, according to a newly released arrest warrant.
Police arrested 20-year-old Miguel Pagan earlier this month on human trafficking, sexual assault and kidnapping charges in connection with the case after confirming that he goes by the nickname â€śWookieâ€ť and had photos of the recording studio and the victim on his cell phone. Pagan is being held on $1 million bond. No other arrests have been made.
The girl was reported missing to police on April 7 by her foster mother through the state Department of Children and Families. The girlâ€™s biological mother told police she believed her daughter was with â€śWookieâ€ť at an address on Clark Street, the warrant said.
A search of the area turned up nothing but the girl appeared on April 13. She told an investigating officer that Pagan, who she called â€śWookie,â€ť had used a gun and a knife to keep her in a basement recording studio at 184 Clark St. for six days. During that time, the girl said Pagan and the others repeatedly raped her and attempted to force her to â€śrun a train,â€ť a slang term for committing a sex act during which all the men took turns at the same time.
She was drugged with â€śMolly,â€ť a synthetic drug that alters the mood and perception of users during some of the attacks, police said.
The girl was only able to identify the men who raped her by their nicknames. She tried several times to escape but the window was too high and the men would physically restrain her if she tried to leave. She also showed a DCF worker cut marks on her stomach that she said had been left by â€śWookieâ€ť who used a knife on her during the rapes, the warrant said.
Police are now trying to identify the other men involved, Police Capt. Thomas Steck said. â€śThe allegations as reported are very serious,â€ť Steck said. â€śIf anyone has any information on close friends or associates of Miguel Pagan, we are looking for help identifying them.â€ť
Anyone with information is asked to call the Community Tip Line at 860-826-3199 or tips can be left at www.newbritainpolice.org .