Submitted by Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office – July 21, 2016 –
The Del Norte County District Attorney announced that Wilson Lor (18) of Crescent City was sentenced today to serve 25 years to life in state prison for rape in concert with a special allegation of kidnapping for rape. Applicable state law eliminated judicial discretion and mandated the sentence, which was handed down by the Honorable William H. Follett this afternoon. A Del Norte County jury returned a guilty verdict and true finding to the charges last month. Given the nature of the charges, Lor was prosecuted as an adult even though he was 16-1/2 at the time of the crimes. Under current law, he will be not be eligible for parole until May, 2040 when he will be 41 years of age.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of January 11, 2015 when the female victim in her early twenties was walking on C Street in Crescent City towards her home when she was accosted by two yet unidentified males and forcibly taken into a nearby home where Lor resided. After unsuccessful attempts by the three males to get her to “party” with them, the victim tried to escape through a bathroom window, which was too small to permit her escape. The three males then forced her into a bedroom where each of them took turns raping her by force over the course of several hours.
The victim indicated that she bit the third rapist on the neck and scratched his back. When officers executed a search warrant at the home the following evening, Lor answered the door. He had a bite mark on his neck and scratch marks on his back. Nine used condoms were found in the trash at the home. The California Department of Justice analyzed the condoms and determined that DNA taken from the condoms matched Lor and two other males. DNA from the victim was present on all nine of the condoms. The other two males have not been identified but the DOJ has DNA profiles for them if their identity is ever ascertained and reference samples can be obtained for comparison. The District Attorney’s Office is actively investigating the identification and apprehension of the other two males.
One suspect who the District Attorney’s Office has been actively trying to apprehend with the assistance of local and nationwide authorities is David Ken Lee. He currently has an active extraditable warrant for his arrest. David Lee is 5’5”, 150 lbs. and is 19 years of age (black and white photo is about a year old). He previously resided on Indra St. in Crescent City. Until a couple of months ago, he was a student at Butte College and worked at a Subway in Chico. The District Attorney’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in apprehending David Lee. If he is seen, the public is urged not to contact him directly but to immediately call either the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office or Crescent City Police Department. Several other persons of interest voluntarily appeared, were interviewed, submitted to biological testing and have been exonerated without ever having been arrested during the year and a half investigation.
“This crime is as horrific and violent as it gets,” said Del Norte District Attorney Dale P. Trigg, who personally handled the prosecution and trial. “The thought that a woman can be dragged off of one of our city streets and forced into a home where she is then brutally raped by three men over the course of several hours is horrifying,” said Trigg. “We will find and prosecute the other two. They can’t run forever,” said Trigg.
The District Attorney wants to recognize the efforts of AC Field and Justin Gill of the Investigations Bureau of the District Attorney’s Office, Crescent City Police Department Officer Jim Wright and former officer Sarah Asbury who investigated the case. The District Attorney also wants to recognize the District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness staff and North Coast Rape Crisis Team for the services and support they provided to the victim/survivor of this crime. Most of all, the District Attorney wants to recognize the courage shown by the victim/survivor of this horrific crime in coming forward and testifying.