SAN JUAN, P.R. – A grand jury returned an indictment against Randy Rivera-Nevárez and Domingo Emanuel Bruno-Cotto, charging them with carjacking with intent to cause serious bodily harm, announced United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. The FBI is in charge of the investigation.
According to the information contained in an affidavit filed in the case, on August 25 at approximately 9:00pm, an adult female and an adult male went to Balneario Costa de Oro beach in Dorado. At approximately 11:30pm, the male and female victims were swimming when they noticed some individuals near their belongings, so they returned to shore. As soon as they left the water, two armed male subjects approached them and announced a robbery.
The subjects took the wallets and cell phones of the victims and started negotiating with them for money. They threatened to kill the female victim if she did not cooperate. They both raped her and one forced her to perform oral sex.
Eventually, the subjects gave the female victim back her clothes, pepper-sprayed the male victim in the face, then left with male victim’s vehicle, a white 2000 Jeep Cherokee.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Gottfried. If convicted, the defendants could face up to 25 years in prison. An indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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