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Gang rape suspects appear in court

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The four men accused of gang raping a college student and robbing other roommates living in a Westside house appeared in court Wednesday. The victims of the attack described what happened early this month at a home on Veto and Lexington northwest

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What one witness called just a "normal college party" turned very ugly after the hosts went to sleep. The victim of the gang rape testified about being woken up by several men wearing bandanas over their face, with guns, and being raped several times by them.

Zach Nedow described how he was tied up and repeatedly pistol whipped while he was helpless to help the woman from being attacked for half an hour.

Another man living in the home, Matt Christopherson also described being woken up by men wearing bandanas and being repeatedly pistol whipped, beaten and tied up, while the men stole his computers, a TV, his wallet, and his cell phone

Another witness said he let the suspects in after they said they thought they had left their wallet at the party earlier on the night of the attack. That man cried as he described how he felt at fault for the attacks that followed.

Judge David Buter bound over all four of the adult suspects on charges of rape, armed robbery and home invasion.   A 14-year-old reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to testify against the men he was with. That deal will keep the juvenile in custody at least until he is 21. The juvenile did not participate in the sexual assault.

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