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Two held in rape investigation

Friday, December 7, 2001

SIKESTON - A Sikeston teen has been certified as an adult in the alleged gang-rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Featured in the Standard Democrat's Most Wanted, Gailon L. Applewhite, 15, was arrested Wednesday on charges of rape and burglary. He has a total bond of $505,000.

Reports from Sikeston Department of Public Safety allege that on Oct. 28, Applewhite and 18-year-old Cletus Harris, aided by four other teen-agers, grabbed the victim, forced her into a house and took turns raping her.

Harris is already in custody.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim was attending a small party at Toy Land Daycare at 1015 W. Malone. She was standing in the yard when the six attackers approached her.

Harris and another teen grabbed her while the others followed behind, the victim said. The attackers forced her into a building on Magnolia Street and blocked the door so she couldn't leave.

The burglary charge against Applewhite stems from a Jan. 17 incident in which he and a few others are accused of breaking into Clem's clothing store at 315 W. Malone.

Police said Applewhite had been on the run for several months after he had been charged with a previous burglary and tampering charges.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Sikeston DPS. All communications will be confidential.