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Teen Tortured, Forcibly Tattooed, Left for Dead by Peers

Teen Tortured, Forcibly Tattooed, Left for Dead by Peers

Stetson Johnson, 18, holds back his hair to show a tattoo on his forehead in his home in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

Associated Press

May 05, 2011

DEL CITY, Okla. — Two men and two women are accused of pinning down a man who has learning disabilities, tattooing the word “RAPEST” on his forehead and shocking his genitals with a stun gun before beating him unconscious with a baseball bat, police said Wednesday.

The accused told police they attacked Stetson Johnson, 18, because he tried to have sex with one of them, according to a police spokesman. Detectives found no evidence to support their claims, he said.

Johnson, of Oklahoma City, said he is acquainted with all four but has never tried to hurt any of them. He said the April 17 attack began when he was thrown to the ground and kicked in the face “dozens of times” by two men while two women took turns using a stun gun on his genitals. He said the attackers yelled obscenities at him.

“I was screaming. It was hurting,” he said. “After they kicked me in the face I said, ‘Oh my god, they’re going to kill me.’”

Two women and two men are being held without bail but have not been formally charged. Capt. Jody Suit, spokesman for the Del City Police Department, said police plan to recommend charges of assault and battery, maiming by disfigurement and kidnapping.

The attackers placed duct tape around Johnson’s hands and held him down while one tattooed the word “RAPEST” on his forehead, Johnson said. The word, apparently a misspelling of “rapist,” has since been covered with another tattoo that looks like a bar code.

The attackers also tattooed a phrase on his chest that resembles “I like little boys,” police said.

They then put Johnson in a car and transported him to Eagle Lake in Del City, where he was beaten in the arms and head with a baseball bat, causing a gash in his head that required 18 stitches to close.

Johnson said he was unconscious for about two hours before he awoke and sought help.

“When I got up I felt dizzy,” he said. Johnson said he tried to get help from motorists on a nearby highway before walking about a quarter of a mile to a mobile home park, where a resident called police.

“They found him almost dead,” Suit said.

Johnson spent a week in the hospital, including three days in the intensive care unit, for treatment of a fractured skull, broken nose and other wounds sustained in the beating.

“They almost killed me,” he said.

Police seized tattoo guns, needles, ink and a Taser gun after the suspects were taken into custody, according to a police report.

Suit says the attackers told authorities they were trying to punish Johnson after one of the women accused him of trying to have sex with her. Johnson denies that, and Suit says there’s no evidence to support it.

“To me it’s bullying. The guy has the mentality of a fifth-grader,” Suit said.

He said the four have not yet been assigned public defenders.

Johnson bears scars from the attack and said he has trouble breathing and seeing out of one eye. He also said he suffers from anxiety and has nightmares about being killed.

“Everywhere I go, I look around like, ’What’s going to happen?’” he said. “I don’t understand why they would do something like this until I was almost dead. They deserve justice.”

He said he would like to have the tattoos removed but cannot afford it. In the meantime, he had the one on his forehead turned into a barcode, with the numerals “7” that he hopes will bring him luck and a reference to 2010, which he said was a good year for him.

Johnson’s mother, Lucy Ford, said she and her son plan to move from their southwest Oklahoma City home.

“He feels that it’s unsafe for him here. He can’t sleep at night,” Ford said. “I just can’t believe that people would be so mean. He’s 18 years old. He has his whole life before him. And he almost lost it?”

Johnson’s sister, Crystal Cline, said the incident makes her fear for the safety of her two small children.

“People are evil these days,” Cline said.

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  • 014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Well, what we have here is a situation that requires some tender loving care to be provided to the 4 "young adults" to show them that what they did was wrong.... OK enough of the crap, coat them in honey and stake them out in a pasture with a good supply of ants... Maybe followed by a warm bucket of water to rinse off the forheads of these jack wagons and give them thier own little ink party...
    Now I will say this, if it turns out Mr. Johnson did attempt to "rape" one of the accused than he should face the Judge... I do not agree w/ foxblood-there are a lot of sick & twisted people who prey on the weak.

  • Th_photo5762_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thankfully there are some good tattoo removal options,such as a procedure of retattooing with clear ink, but it should not be at the victims expense. And where are the people who did this, I want to see their picture, as the whole nation should as well know who these people are.

  • Segway-police-unit-china_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Lol – he probably DID rape someone in order to make people act like that. So while we need to scrutinize them for taking justice into their own hands outside of the law.. let’s make sure we don’t sympathize with a god damn rapist.

  • Imagesca4hzk2w_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Proverbs 23: 13-14 "13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
    if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
    14 Punish them with the rod
    and save them from death.

    These kids need to be beat. That's the problem with parents these days, not raising up their children with discipline

  • Xoxosmile_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This is truely unfortunate. I am so happy that Stetson survived to tell us all what really happened. Those bastards are heartless and if they are going to treat somebody with a mental disability or anyone for that matter in that way they deserve everything that they did to that poor boy times 10. This is just very disturbing...

  • 028_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This totally makes me sick to my stomach!!! This is so Horrid, how could a person do such a thing???

  • One_ass_to_risk_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The parents or the guardians of the shit bag suspects should have to pay for the removal of the tattoos on the victim and turned into the general population of whatever jail facility and all the other inmates told that they tried to kill a mentally challenged person. Let them see what it feels like...

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    True or not, he didn't deserve this. Justice needs to be decided by the courts with the LE community responsible for taking him into custody. LE wants help, they do not want vigilantes.

  • Img00074_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The punishment should be nothing short of death! Best of wishes to the victim here.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago


    How about tattooing 'idiot' on their foreheads. Bump krakin_13.

  • Marvin_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Hopefully a local doctor can help him remove it, then of course charge the defendants for the cost

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    send them down here to texas we got something for all four of them.

  • Lion_cub__masai_mara__kenya_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Aggravated Assault, attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Torture... yeah, throw the book at them.

  • 47841103e_max50


    over 3 years ago


    OMG that poor kid. Definitely a hate crime. How can human beings do this to each other.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    It sounds like assault with the attempt to murder,or great bodily harm, assault with attempt to maim,, also kidnapping. To bad they didn't take him over state lines then they could charge them with federal crimes. It's a damn shame.

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