Three former restaurant employees accused of raping a female customer were indicted by the Laurel County Grand Jury last Friday. Another man sharing an apartment with the trio was also indicted because his DNA was also present.

Their whereabouts are unknown at this time, mostly due to a long wait for DNA results.

Roberto Ramos-Rojas, 22; Jose Galindo-Medina, 23; Juan Mondragon-Hernandez, 29; and Miguel Laura-Hernandez, 24, whose last listed address was 256 Pepperhill Dr., Apt. No. 3, were each indicted on one count of second-degree rape and one count of second-degree sodomy. The indictment states the men engaged in sexual intercourse and deviate sexual intercourse with the customer.

Ramos-Rojas, Galindo-Medina and Mondragon-Hernadez were arrested June 18, 2006, following an investigation by Laurel County sheriff’s deputies.

Deputy Mike Hamblin testified June 27,2006 in Laurel District Court that the woman said she had been drinking at (the former) El Azul Grande Restaurant, on west KY 80, with several of the employees.

Hamblin said the alleged victim told police she consented to go home with the employees at Pepperhill Apartments, where three men raped her. She also told police she was very intoxicated and had passed out. When she woke up, she claimed, someone was putting a white powder substance, believed to be cocaine, in her mouth.

After Hamblin took her report at Marymount Medical Center, he went to the apartments and interviewed about 11 residents. Photos of the suspects were taken and shown to the victim who picked the defendants out who allegedly raped her.

Hamblin said he did not know if the fourth man, Laura-Hernandez, was initially arrested or not.

“He was not arrested on my charges,” Hamblin noted.

Because rape charges are felonies, a not guilty plea was entered for each of them when they were arraigned in district court and the case was sent to the grand jury. The case was dismissed last September when a witness failed to appear before the grand jury.

“Once someone is arrested, we have a three-month period to present the case to the grand jury,” Hamblin explained. “The commonwealth attorney wants all of the case report done and all the labs back. If you do not show up for the grand jury, they dismiss the case. The case can be presented at any time because there is no statute of limitations on a felony charge. On a misdemeanor, you have one year to file charges. On a felony it can be at any time.”

“Due to the nature of the case, the crime lab actually took from June 18, almost eight months for them to process the DNA evidence,” Hamblin continued. “Upon the evidence being completed, the case was presented to the grand jury.”

“We will enter them into the LINK/NCIC systems as a wanted person,” Hamblin added. “Any officer in the U.S. runs their name and date of birth, they’re going to get a hit on. They probably were deported. They could be in Mexico or wherever they’re from.”

Since they have been entered into NCIC as a deported felon, if they come back into the United States, they will be taken into custody and wait an extradition hearing, Hamblin said.

“Unless immigration still has them in custody, they’re out there roaming around and perhaps we’ll find them,” Hamblin stated. “With the way the court system is and the crime lab, trying to compare four DNAs, the time frame is just unreal.

“I’m going to contact the immigration enforcement people, and I’ll have them put on a hot list. What that does, it helps them look for the people. They’ll put their name on their list to be aware that if they come in contact with them, they have active pending charges. I will try to get up with immigration agents to see if they have these people. The indictments were just returned on Friday.”

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