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Teenage girl, 19, and two 17-year-old boys 'forced a woman to perform oral sex and beat her' while livestreaming the disturbing video to Facebook

Three people are in custody in connection to an apparent sexual assault shown on Facebook Live. Two teen suspects turned themselves in and the third suspect was arrested by Gulfport police Wednesday night.

Ezzie Johnson, 17, is being held on a $200,000 bond on a charge of kidnapping. Haleigh Alexis Hudson, 19, who is also wanted on a charge of sexual battery, is being held on a $400,000 bond. Johnson will be charged as an adult. 

Kadari Fabien Booker is charged with felony kidnapping and sexual assault. Booker's bond was set at $500,000, according to the Sun Herald.
Hudson, 19
Ezzie Johnson, 17
Kabien Booker, 17, was also arrested on the same charges



Tuesday around 11:46 p.m., patrol officers responded to an address in the 3100 block of 7th Avenue, later believed to be Hudson's residence, in reference to a reported assault. Upon arrival, officers learned of a Facebook Live video that depicted a sexual and physical assault of a 23-year-old woman.

The video was subsequently deleted, but Facebook user Tiffany Hailey recorded the video and reposted it to her page.

Hailey said she saw the live video and realized she was witnessing an assualt happening in real time.

"I’m looking at the time date and stamp on it and this is happening right now," Hailey said. "You see it escalating."

The video begins with a male in a bathroom, and shows a female on the ground with her head between his lower legs. He and others in the background are telling her in common vernacular to perform oral sex on him.

At some point, the camera leaves the bathroom but then people are trying to get back in. A woman's voice tells them to open the bathroom door.

“Unlock the door real quick. You don’t have to stop just open the door. I need to get something,” the woman says.

Hailey, who said she did not know anyone in the video, did not call police but instead reached out to the victim directly through Facebook.

She said she shared it to her page, asking her followers "if you know this girl, please do help her. This is serious."

"This is gut wrenchingly horrific," Hailey said. "It's really, really, bad."

When the bathroom door is opened, the man and the woman, who is identified by people on Facebook as having special needs, come out. She sits on the couch. Those gathered there begin to harass her about oral sex for money.

They try to get her to perform the sex acts on camera again to boost the views on the video.

She refuses, and a man asks her if she’s ready to go home, to which she says yes.

A female voice says, "She ain't going home," that she's going to perform sex acts "until her throat swells up."

After that exchange, they ask if she is ready to fight, at which time she is assaulted by a larger female who pushes and hits her in the head as she sits on the couch.

The female drags her off the couch and begins to punch her in the head. Those at the gathering cheer them on, with one person saying, "Don't break it up, don't break it up."

After that goes on for some time, she can be seen sitting in the corner crying with her hands over her face, begging to be left alone.

The male with the camera stops to read the comments they were getting. Some urged them to leave the victim alone. One said, "That black girl didn't even fight back. She gets no cool points."

Police have not identified the unidentified male but "we are adamant there will be more arrests forthcoming," said Sgt. Joshua Bromen, Gulfport PD public information officer.

"We foresee more charges coming and that arrest warrants will probably be pending here shortly," Bromen said.

During the investigation, Johnson and Hudson were identified as two of the suspects and warrants were issued for their arrest. Police believe they knew the victim prior to the alleged assault.

"Johnson is actually the one who memorialized these criminal acts by videotaping and distributing on Facebook Live," said Chief Leonard Papania. "We are also evaluating the actions of other people present in order to determine if other charges will be forthcoming, and I can tell you with certainty there will be."

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Papania was asked about the Facebook reports that the victim has special needs.

“There's so much junk out there right now, it makes this job incredibly hard," he said. "The charges right now are sexual battery and kidnapping. If there was a question as to mental state and the impact as a criminal element that would show in the charges.”

Appearing frustrated at times, Papania expressed outrage over the shares and views of the video.

"Once again we are witnessing the dark side of social media," he said. "These warrants demonstrate our belief about these three individuals and their criminal acts, however, I can’t help but be disturbed by the incredible number of shares and views of this crude and despicable event. Not too long ago, we were up to 1,100 shares of that video and I think we’re around 48,000 views. It speaks loudly about our culture.”

This investigation is ongoing. 

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