WEST PALM BEACH – Avion Lawson, 14 (pictured), and Nathan Walker, 16, were jailed without bail on suspicion of armed sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, sexual performance by a child, armed home invasion and aggravated battery.
Avion Lawson stayed with his grandmother in the crime-ridden Dunbar Village public housing project. On June 18th, Lawson and other teens lured another resident and her 12-year-old son out of their apartment by knocking on the woman’s door at about 9 p.m. and telling her he had a flat tire. When the woman and her son opened the door, a group of up to 10 gun-wielding masked suspects forced their way into the woman’s home.
Over the next 20 minutes, the woman was raped and sodomized by up to 10 teens. Her 12-year-old son was beaten, had a plate smashed over his head, had various cleaning chemicals poured in his eyes and lastly, was forced at gunpoint to rape his own mother. After the assailants fled, the victims walked a mile to Good Samaritan Medical Center, where staff members called police.
Robbery is being suspected as the main motive. The suspects stole a few hundred dollars worth of cash and jewelry before leaving. Authorities believe the suspects all knew each other from the neighborhood, but they don’t think they knew the victims directly. Reports are that the woman and the son did not socialize because the mother was afraid of the neighborhood.
Lawson and Walker both confessed after being presented with DNA samples left in condoms at the scene, as well as a partial palm print. Neither have shown any remorse. But as usual with these types of cases, the parents and relatives cannot believe their sons had anything to do with this. “My son has a good heart,” the Walker’s father said outside court. “I can’t believe my son would do something like this. I don’t teach my son violence so I don’t understand.”
Lawson’s cousin stated “If I ask him to buy some candy for me from the candy lady, he’d buy it,” While his grandmother is more worried about getting kicked out of the housing complex. “He just stayed here to keep me company,” she said.
I would expect many more arrests as the teens start flipping.