Police have arrested two suspects accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman in a home invasion robbery in east Fort Worth early Thursday.
Marcellus Demetric Briggs, 44, and Frankie Lenette Kulemba, 40, were taken into custody at a motel in Grand Prairie about 2 p.m. Friday, officer Daniel Segura, police spokesman, said in a statement.
They face charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping.
Robbery detective Brian Raynsford, in a news conference Thursday night, said the incident happened just after midnight Wednesday in the 6000 block of Boca Raton Boulevard.
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The victim, who is in her mid-20s, heard a knock at her front door and saw a woman standing outside. The victim “was under the impression the female was in distress and needed help,” a police news release said.
After the victim answered the door, a man joined the woman outside and the two forced their way into the home at gunpoint, Raynsford said. They began beating the victim, and then bound her and demanded property, including her debit card personal identification number.
During that time, the victim was also sexually assaulted, Raynsford said.
“It looked like she was just trying to do the right thing,” Raynsford said. “And she was victimized for it.”
The suspects later went to multiple locations and used the victim’s debit card, including at a convenience store, where surveillance video captured one of the suspects.
The video, which was released by police Thursday night, also showed the suspects’ light-color, older-model Chevrolet Suburban with paper tags.
Anonymous tips from people who viewed the surveillance video helped lead to the arrests, Segura, the police spokesman, said.
Raynsford called the incident “especially heinous.” He said the suspects were at the victim’s home for more than an hour, which is unusual in robberies.
“What happened to this victim was not quick,” Raynsford said. “I imagine the emotional toll is going to be extensive.”’
Briggs has been convicted of four previous felonies in Tarrant County, according to court records: two for burglary of a habitation in 2007 and 2013, one for theft in 1994 and one for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, also in 1994.
Briggs also has been convicted of three charges of misdemeanor burglary of a vehicle in 2002 and one charge of driving with a suspended license in 2001.
Kulemba was convicted of misdemeanor theft in 2008, according to court records.