Teens break into mother's home, throw boiling water on her and assault her in front of her crying 3-year-old son
38-year-old Jose Carranza-Castro pleaded guilty to ordering the attack which left the mother with second-degree burns on her neck, shoulder, back, and side
The district attorney's office in Gwinnett County, Georgia revealed that two teens from the county had agreed to 'disfigure, assault, and rape' a woman in exchange for money paid to them by a man in prison. 20-year-old Josue Ramirez-Aguilar pleaded guilty to the attack last week, with the other perpetrator, Francisco Joshua Palencia, being similarly found guilty last Thursday. The latter was convicted of kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, rape, aggravated sodomy, criminal attempt to commit burglary and cruelty to children in the first degree.
KIRO7 also reported that 17-year-old Ana Lopez-Huinil and 19-year-old Angel Garcia, who had served as a driver and a lookout respectively, pleaded guilty in the attack. The man in prison was identified as 38-year-old Jose Carranza-Castro, who also pleaded guilty to ordering the attack.
According to a press release by the district attorney's office, the plan for the attack was hatched in April 2017 when Carranza-Castro asked Ramirez-Aguilar to "permanently disfigure the victim with acid or boiling water" and assault her in exchange for an unspecified sum of money.
The 20-year-old then recruited Palencia to assist him in the assault, and both then got their girlfriends, Lopez-Huinil and Garcia, to help them as well. Then, in the three weeks leading up to the attack, Carranza-Castro, Ramirez-Aguilar, and Palencia spoke on the phone and discussed "cutting her face, beating her, and disfiguring her with boiling water."
The first attack unfolded on May 8, 2017, said the district attorney's office. The victim and her boyfriend heard knocking on their door at around 1 am and saw two or three masked assailants on their doorstep. They demanded that she step outside and, when she refused, they broke a window and tried to enter forcefully. They made a run for it when the victim dialed the police.
The second attack took place four days later when the victim reached home at 3 am in the morning. She was with her two sons, a three-year-old toddler and an infant, and her boyfriend was not at the residence. Two masked men were reportedly waiting in the kitchen — they were found to have entered by cutting a screened-in porch at the home — with two pots of water boiling on the stove. She tried to escape and protect her children, but the perpetrators managed to throw the boiling water on her, resulting in her sustaining second-degree burns on her neck, shoulder, back, and side.
The district attorney's office said that the two assailants then shocked the victim with stun guns and forced her into the bedroom, where they made her perform oral sex on them and then raped her. The victim’s three-year-old son sat on the bed crying during the attack, the district attorney’s office said. The infant was restrained in a portable car seat in another room. Before leaving, they reportedly also stole a TV, jewelry, shoes, a purse, and a stun gun.
Gwinnett County crime scene investigators identified Ramirez-Aguilar's fingerprints from the pots he had used to boil the water. He was arrested and subsequently confessed to the crime, implicating Palencia, Lopez-Huinil, Garcia, and Carranzo-Castro in the attack as well.
KIRO7 reported that Palencia was sentenced to life plus 111 years in prison; Ramirez-Aguilar was sentenced to life, with the first 25 years to serve in prison; Carranza-Castro was sentenced to life in prison; Garcia was sentenced to 30 years, with the first 15 years to serve in prison, and Lopez-Huinil was sentenced to 30 years, with the first 10 years to serve in prison.