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Suspects confess to involvement in woman's abduction, rape

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Antonio Hodgson Antonio Hodgson
17-year-old Terry Petitfrere 17-year-old Terry Petitfrere

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- According to officials, at least two of the three suspects accused of the abduction and rape of a South Florida woman in January have confessed.

In interrogation video released by the State Attorney's Office, Antonio Hodgson claimed to have no knowledge of the crime. "If I am involved, I don't know how," he is seen telling detectives.

According to detectives, Hodgson confessed to the crime in a section of the tape that has since been redacted.

The law enforcers, who started out friendly and courteous towards the 17-year-old suspect, grew more aggressive. "You need to look at me, young man, and you need to listen to what I'm saying to you because this is some serious [expletive] that's going to affect you for the rest of your life," one of the detectives is seen telling Hodgson.

North Miami Police arrested Hodgson, as well as 17-year-old Terry Petitfrere and 18-year-old Steve Pryce. Detectives said security footage shows one of the teens armed as they stalked the 26-year-old victim, who waiting inside a car for take-out food behind a popular restaurant on North Miami Beach Boulevard and 10th Avenue, Jan. 16.

Police said they then drove her away in the victim's own car, and as they rode around North Miami Beach, they raped her. "They drive the victim throughout areas of the northeast end of Miami-Dade County, Oak Grove/North Miami Beach area, at which time she was taken to that area, and she was sexually assaulted several times," said North Miami Beach Police Sgt. Jason Ochoa.

During Hodgson's interrogation, detectives told the teen surveillance video proves he did the crime. "You wouldn't be here if we didn't have our ducks in a row," a detective told Hodgson.

The teen, however, continued to deny having anything to do with the incident.

Antonio Hodgson: "I did not do it."

Detective: "Then who did? Because you were there, my friend. So you either have to help yourself or live with the consequences because it's a fact, and you're on video. You can't deny video, that is the best [expletive] thing for a detective that you can imagine, is video, and we got it."

According to court documents, Pryce also confessed to the crime and his interrogation went by smoother than Hodgson's. "You're OK with the fingerprints and with the DNA? You don't care about us using that to see if you are involved in this crime?" said one officer to Pryce. He was seen in the tape nodding his head to each question.

Pryce's attorney was in court Wednesday for a hearing on the case and wants more information on any admission by his client. "All the factors as far as the confession is concerned. What circumstances in which the confession was made? Who was present when the confession was made? What was he told prior to the confession being made?"

All three suspects have entered their pleas of not guilty, according to court documents, despite the State Attorneys Office having tape of the confessions.

Two new hearings for the case are set for mid and late June.


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