Police arrest 2 Virginia men in connection with rape during St. John Festival


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ST. THOMAS - A woman is accusing two Virginia men of raping her after meeting them during St. John Festival activities. V.I. Police arrested William Taylor, 26, a college senior, and David Giles Jr., 29, an employee of the state of Virginia, according to his arrest record.

As of Friday, both are facing first-degree rape charges, according to police records made available Tuesday.

On June 28, police were dispatched to Myrah Keating Clinic on St. John, where a woman reported that two men had raped her.

The woman was visiting a family member, who lives on St. John, and was celebrating the festival with the family member and a friend, according to the probable cause fact sheet written by V.I. Police Officer Kira Browne.

While with her friend, another woman, the two met Taylor and Giles at the festival, though the victim's friend moved on to another location, the fact sheet said.

The victim stayed with Taylor and Giles, who retrieved the vehicle they were using and she got into the vehicle with the two men, Browne wrote. The three of them drove for about five or 10 minutes, but the victim could not recall a description of the vehicle or what they passed on the way, the fact sheet said.

The vehicle stopped at a home, where the victim remembered having to walk down a lot of stairs, she told police.

Taylor and Giles made it known to the victim that they wanted to have sex with her, and started touching her body in a sexual nature, she told police.

Initially, Taylor tried to have sex with the victim, but she told him no and resisted, after which point Giles started having sex with her, which "initially she did not reject," according to the probable cause fact sheet.

While the victim was having sex with Giles, Taylor tried to force the victim to perform oral sex on him, and the victim then asked what was going on and asked for the men to stop, Browne wrote.

The victim then became upset and started throwing up, angering the men, who then told the victim she had to leave, the fact sheet said. The men then gathered her belongings, put her in the vehicle and dropped her off in downtown Cruz Bay, Browne wrote.

After running into a helpful acquaintance, the victim was able to find her friend and family member. They took the woman to the clinic, where a rape kit test was performed, the results of which now are in the custody of the V.I. Police Department.

Bail for the defendants was set at $75,000.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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