BARSTOW • Two suspects charged in the 2007 gang rape of a teen had their charges dropped Tuesday at Barstow court after DNA evidence failed to implicate the two in the crime.
Lyndale Roberts, 26, and Courtney Walker, 22, both of Barstow, shouted with joy in the hallway after hearing in court they were dismissed from the case Tuesday morning at Barstow Superior Court.
The case was supposed to start trial that day but was changed after Deputy District Attorney Connie Lasky learned from the crime lab the suspects' DNA results did not match DNA taken at the scene, she said. Lasky also said the victim was not able to identify any of the suspects in the case.
"When I heard (the dismissal) I just wanted to cry," said Roberts' sister Velvet Roberts. "I am just so happy it's over."
Roberts and Walker were among five charged in the rape of a 15-year-old girl in Feb. 2007.
The two were arrested in December and a third suspect, a female who was a teen at the time, was arrested later. Her case is being heard in juvenile court.
Officials are still searching for the other two suspects who have warrants for their arrest: Jermaine Riley, 26 and Darnell Brown, 31.
According to previous reports, the victim told police she had been taken to an apartment on the 900 block of Carson Street where she was forced to drink alcohol after which she was raped by four men in two different apartments.
Though the DNA evidence wasn't able to prove Roberts and Walker were involved, the two are still suspects in the case and could be charged later if more evidence is brought out, Lasky said.
Anybody with information about the assault can contact the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211 or Det. Leo Griego at (760) 255-5187. To report information anonymously, contact the WE-TIP hotline at (800) 782-7463.