The trio posed for the mugshots above after being arrested for assaulting and torturing a woman they met online. The married couple plus a Mills, a family friend were also aided by a 14 year old who took part in the festivities.
They allegedly assaulted a 20-year old woman they met online , set her on fire, then forced the victim to post a video to her Facebook wall, displaying her injuries to her online friends.
Can you imagine perusing your Facebook wall coming across something like that from one of your friends?? 😯
“This letter is to let everyone know that I hurt myself and that nobody did anything to me. Everything that’s happened has been because of me. I brought this on myself,” the victim said in the video. However, police say, that confession was a coerced.
In the background a man’s voice can be heard telling the victim what she should say next. “Now tell ‘em about what you did, why we asked you to leave,” the male voice says in the video.
The 20-year-old victim reportedly met Michael and Tamara Rhoades online two years ago. Authorities say they lured the victim from her home in Pittsburgh to live with them in their North Philadelphia row home. The three had a consensual sexual relationship but, several weeks ago, things began to go south.
According the police report, the suspects held the victim captive against her will, torturing her, pouring flammable liquids on her and then lighting her on fire. The victim was able to put out the flames, but was badly burned.
Her alleged captors put her on a bus back to Pittsburgh, but not before getting a taped confessional from the victim that they’d written and directed.
“I started causing problems with the family and I threatened the kids and Tamara’s family,” the victim said in the video.
While serving a search warrant at the home, police say they found yet another 21-year-old victim, who also appeared to be bruised and battered. the woman had also come to stay with the Rhoades after meeting them in an internet chat room.
Michael Rhoades, Tamara Rhoades, and Steve Mills are each charged with attempted murder, arson, danger of death or bodily injury, and other related charges. The 14 year old juvenile is facing similar charges.
I’m still confused about the 14 year old. What that hail??? 😯
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