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Second Wisconsin man now in custody for allegedly raping, carving initials into woman in Willmar

Two Racine, Wisconsin, men are charged with allegedly sexually assaulting and carving initials into a woman this July in Willmar.

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Marquiese Lafay Peet-Williams
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Editor's note: All charges against Davion Elijha Powell and Marquiese Lafay Peet-Williams in this alleged incident were dismissed July 19, 2022, in Kandiyohi County District Court. The dismissal story can be read here .

WILLMAR — A second Racine, Wisconsin, man is being held on $750,000 bail or bond for allegedly sexually assaulting and carving his initials into a woman this July in Willmar.

Marquiese Lafay Peet-Williams, 23, is currently in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail charged with two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a felony charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

The criminal sexual conduct charges allege penetration, injury, use of force and acting with an accomplice.

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Davion Elijha Powell

His co-defendant in the case, Davion Elijha Powell, 19, faces the same charges. Powell's next appearance is scheduled for Nov. 9.

Peet-Williams appeared Wednesday in front of District Court Judge Stephen Wentzell. The next hearing in the case is scheduled Nov. 23.

A warrant was issued for Peet-Williams' arrest in July and he was apprehended this week in Wisconsin before being transferred to Kandiyohi County. Powell has been in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail since August.

According to the criminal complaint, Peet-Williams and Powell met the woman July 30 at the Mall of America where she gave one of the men her phone number.

Later that night the woman agreed to let the men come to her Willmar residence because she had friends over. As a group, the women agreed not to do anything with either man.

After the men arrived, the woman's friends left and both Powell and Peet-Williams allegedly forcefully sexually assaulted and raped her in her residence. She attempted to get away multiple times during the assault.

After raping the woman, both men allegedly handcuffed the woman, put paper towels in her mouth and grabbed either scissors or a knife and "started carving up the front of her body. Powell and Peet-Williams forced her down onto the bed on her stomach and continued carving up the back of her body; this included carving the initials 'D.P.' on her," according to the complaint.

Peet-Williams allegedly filmed the assault, which included sexually assaulting the woman with the object they used to cut her, on his phone.

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Law enforcement located bodily fluids in multiple places in the woman's residence where the alleged assaults occurred.

Witnesses identified both men to law enforcement.

The woman was taken to a hospital for examination but court documents do not specify her condition.

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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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