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Cops: Teen 'lookout' marks 4th arrest in brutal Gwinnett rape case

A fourth Gwinnett County teenager has been arrested in connection with a May attack on a woman who was scalded with boiling water and shocked with stun guns before being raped in front of her young son, police said.

PREVIOUSLY: Cops: Teen intruders use stun guns, rape Gwinnett mom in front of son

Angela Garcia, 18, of Duluth, was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center on July 5 on charges of home invasion, aggravated sodomy, aggravated battery, kidnapping, rape and cruelty to children. Garcia is charged alongside 19-year-old Josue Ramirez, 17-year-old Francisco Palencia and a 15-year-old girl, all of whom face the same charges. None have been granted bond.

The 15-year-old suspect is being charged as an adult, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution does not generally identify juveniles charged with a crime.

Garcia served as a “lookout” while two men burned, shocked and raped a woman in her apartment, said Cpl. Deon Washington, a Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman. The woman found the men in her home in unincorporated Tucker when she was returning home from work around 3 a.m. May 12, carrying her two young sons. 

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After the attack, Garcia helped “remove property” from the apartment, Washington said. The woman’s jewelry box, college ID and German shepherd puppy were missing, a police report said.

All four suspects face the same charges because Georgia’s “party to a crime” law states that “every person concerned in the commission of a crime is a party thereto and may be charged with and convicted of commission of the crime.”

Palencia, Ramirez and Garcia will appear at a preliminary hearing on July 14. The 15-year-old suspect waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

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The mother/wife is being questioned by police.

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