New evidence leads to multiple felony charges in Ardmore rape investigation
New evidence in an sexual assault investigation has led to multiple felony charges against an Ardmore woman and amended charges against another suspect in the case.
Officers from the Ardmore Police Department received a report a little after midnight on March 1 advising that a victim in their late 20s had allegedly been raped a few days earlier in the 500 block of 11th Avenue Southeast.
The victim was allegedly unconscious at the time of the incident and did not give their consent. An initial investigation led to the arrests of 28-year-old Henry Charles Redhat and 27-year-old Brooke Lynn Davidson.
Charges for first degree rape were filed against Redhat the following day. However, Assistant District Attorney Melissa Handke said the district attorney’s office needed more information before charges could be filed against Davidson.
During the investigation, APD Capt. Claude Henry said the department was able to obtain a search warrant, allowing investigators to search the cell phones of the suspects in the case.
Evidence of pictures, videos and text messages were submitted to the district attorney’s office and an arrest warrant was issued for Davidson earlier this week.
“Once we got all of the information together we were able to determine what her part was in the crime,” Handke said. “APD did a really good job with this. there was an extensive amount of information on her phone that took a long time to go through.”
Davidson was taken into custody on May 7 for the felony charges of sexual battery, rape by instrumentation, child neglect and taking clandestine videos.
Handke said the additional evidence produced by the Ardmore Police Department also led the district attorney’s office to amend Redhat’s charges to where they include a count of child neglect and a count of rape by instrumentation.
“Once we were able to see the full extent of the pictures and videos and text messages we were able to determine there were additional charges that he needed to face as well,” Handke said.
The victim has filed a no contact order against Redhat and Davidson. Both suspects have a bond of $50,000 and preliminary conferences scheduled for May 21.
“This was a great effort from the initial reporting standpoint, from the patrol division into the investigation side with the investigator being able to obtain the evidence that we did in this case,” Henry said. “Also it was a great opportunity for us to work with the district attorney’s office to resubmit the case with the new evidence and for them to reconsider these charges.”