Police looking for suspects after violent rape of 2 women on south side

CREATED Sep 4, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A man is behind bars, and police are searching for others, after an alleged gang-rape of two women on Milwaukee's south side.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to an alley on at 1432 S. 26th Street, near Layton and Greenfield, on Aug. 19, for a report of a sexual assault in progress.'

One of the women said she had been in her car waiting for her friend when a man got into the front seat and showed her a gun. Other men then got into the back of her car. They forced her to drive to a gas station, and then back to the location. When her friend arrived back at the car, they forced them into an alley, and began raping one of the women.

The other woman used a disconnected cell phone to call 911, and when police arrived the men fled.

Both women positively identified Xavier Wilkes as one of their attackers. He has been charged with first-degree sexual assault - use of a dangerous weapon, attempted first-degree sexual assault - use of a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, and two counts of armed robbery.

If convicted of all crimes, he could face up to 210 years in prison.