2 men arrested in rape of Indianapolis woman in Broad Ripple in December 2012

Police: DNA, stolen iPhone led to arrests

INDIANAPOLIS - Nearly four months after police said a woman was raped in Broad Ripple, two men have been arrested in the crime.

Dewayne Lane, 22, and Torrence Brown, 26, face charged of rape, criminal deviate conduct, criminal confinement and battery in the Dec. 29 attack.

The night of the rape, the woman went to Brothers Bar & Grill with friends to watch a Butler basketball game. Afterward, the group went to Broad Ripple Tavern and Chumley's, before getting separated near Kilroy's, police said.

The woman was walking eastbound on Broad Ripple Avenue, trying to reach a friend's house, when police said Lane and Brown picked her up and raped her.

The woman suffered a brain injury, facial fractures, a broken nose and heavy bruising in the attack, police said.

Indianapolis police Detective Dan Smith is credited with solving the case.

"He was relentless. He turned over every rock, and with the help of the crime lab, they were able to gather some important evidence," said police spokesman Lt. Chris Bailey.

Police said Lane and Brown stole the woman's iPhone in the attack, and detectives tracked it to where Lane was living.

According to the probable cause affidavit, there is also a tremendous amount of DNA evidence to support the charges.

Lane's fiancee's cousin, who lives where police said they found the iPhone, told RTV6 she doesn't believe the charges.

"I've known Dewayne for almost five years. I don't see that in him," Jessica Pierson said. "He loves my cousin with all his heart. He wouldn't do that to her. I couldn't see him do that to a female."

Lane and Brown are being held on $100,000 bond. Their next court appearance is set for June 13.

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