A mentally impaired Oklahoma City man was held down and shocked in the genitals with a stun gun April 17 while his attackers forcibly tattooed the word “RAPEST” on his forehead, police reported.
The attackers also forcibly tattooed “I like little boys” on the man's chest, police reported.
“It hurt,” Stetson Johnson, 18, recalled Tuesday. “I was, like, ‘Why is this going on? … Why is this happening to me?' They was, like, ‘Just shut up.'
“They just put it on there,” Johnson said. “They was, like, ‘This is what you're going to get and you're going to walk around with this … ' I tried to push my way off of them and they kept on holding me down harder.”
Johnson was taken to Eagle Lake in Del City after being tattooed, police said. There, his hands were taped together. He then was beaten in the arms and head with a baseball bat until he was unconscious, Del City police detective David Abel said.
Johnson stumbled bleeding to a nearby trailer park for help after waking up from the assault, police reported. “I walked … probably about a mile. I crawled and walked. I was, like, ‘I don't think I'll be able to survive,'” Johnson said.
He spent days in a hospital in intensive care.
In jail are four suspects, Richard Lynn Dellert, 31, of Irving, Texas; Zachary Chase Provence, 21, of Midwest City; Kimberly Sue Vergara, 25, of Midwest City; and Lorena Amanda Hodges, 33, of Oklahoma City. A judge has denied bail.
“There's a potential for several more arrests,” said a Del City police spokesman, Capt. Jody Suit.
Johnson and his mother were moving Tuesday from their southwest Oklahoma City home for safety reasons. “I don't want no harm to my family or me or anybody else. … They know where I stay at,” he said.
Johnson has covered up “RAPEST,” apparently a misspelling of “rapist,” with a tattoo resembling a bar code. His mother, Lucy Ford, said she intends to get her son's tattoos removed eventually.
Johnson said he had become friends with Vergara four or five days before his assault. He said he had stayed with her. He said he believes he was attacked first by her former boyfriend.
His recall of the attack differs in some points from what the police investigation determined. He said Tuesday he was attacked at Vergara's house. Police said he had stayed with Vergara but was assaulted and tattooed at the Oklahoma City home of Hodges' mother. Police said Vergara took him there.
Police identified Dellert as a tattoo artist who also is known as Buddha. Police seized four tattoo guns, nine tattoo needles and 17 bottles of tattoo ink from him April 26 in Midwest City.
Detective Abel reported both women admitted they used a stun gun to shock Johnson in the genitals. He reported the women said Provence was the one who struck the victim at the lake with a baseball bat.
One of the women claims Johnson tried to rape her, police and a prosecutor said.
“There was no evidence to support that,” said Suit, the Del City police spokesman. “But, even if there was, the proper action is to make a police report, not take matters into your own hands.”
Police and the victim's relatives say Johnson has a diminished mental capacity that existed before the beating.