An American student was kidnapped, robbed, and raped on a minibus in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend by a group of men who police said had been on a sex crime spree.
The student's boyfriend, beaten and handcuffed, looked on helplessly.
The student, whose name and age were not released, was traveling on a minibus through the tourist-heavy Copacabana beach community of Rio de Janeiro about 1 a.m. when three men boarded the bus.
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All of the bus' occupants, except for the student and her French boyfriend, were forced off the bus. The assailants hijacked the bus, restrained the boyfriend
, and beat him as they drove the vehicle away from the resort, CNN reported.
After being badly beaten with a crowbar and handcuffed, the victim's boyfriend was unable to defend himself or his girlfriend. The gang took the couple to an unknown area, then raped the girlfriend repeatedly, forcing the boyfriend to watch, Rio police said.
The situation reportedly lasted for six hours before the couple was dumped in the Brazilian city of Itaborai, more than 30 miles from Rio, reported Brazil's O Globo newspaper.
The suspects, who robbed the couple, used the victims' credit cards to purchase gas at several gas stations, which enabled them to continue the attack for hours. The attackers also withdrew money from ATM machines using the the couple's cards.
Police were able to capture the suspects by following their trail
, the New York Daily News reported.
Police found the three suspects, Jonathan Foudakis de Souza, 20, Wallace Aparecido Souza Silva, 22, and Carlos Armando Costa dos Santos, 21.
At the time of the arrest, one of the suspects had one of the victim's cell phone with him, police said.
The same three suspects were implicated in a rape a week ago involving a Brazilian woman.
"The characteristics of both crimes, both the Brazilian case and the one with the foreigners, lead us to believe that they (the suspects) wanted to have a party of evil," Rio Commanding Officer Alexandre Braga told reporters. "The principal motive appears to have been the satisfaction of their lust."
The brutal crime comes as Brazil is preparing for several high-profile events, including a visit from Pope Francis during July's World Youth Day, the 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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