*Police in Panama City, Florida say a woman was allegedly gang raped on a public in broad daylight while dozens – perhaps hundreds – of spring breakers looked on, but did nothing to help, reports People.com.
“It’s the most disgusting, sickening thing I’ve ever seen,” Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen told reporters in a press conference on Friday, adding that police only learned of the incident after stumbling across a video of the alleged attack.
According to authorities, the video surfaced on April 2. After an unrelated shooting in Troy, Alabama, police discovered the video on a witness’s cell phone. They turned the video over to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, who charged college students Delonte’ Martistee, 22, and Ryan Austin Calhoun, 23. Both suspects are students at Troy State University.
“This is an open investigation, and there are more suspects,” a police spokesperson tells People.com.
Calhoun and Martistee have been released on bond. Their next court date is May 19.
The 19-year-old victim appeared to be passed out on a chair behind a beach club. That’s when, police say, several men attacked her. Cops allege that many people watched, some recording the incident on their cell phones – but no one intervened.
“Within 10 feet from where this is happening there are hundreds of people standing there watching, looking, seeing, hearing what is going on,” McKeithen told AL.com, “and yet our culture and our society and our young people have got to the point where obviously this is acceptable somewhere.”
“This is happening in broad daylight with hundreds of people seeing and hearing what is happening,” McKeithen added in the press conference, “and they are more concerned about spilling their beer than somebody being raped.”