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Wisconsin men allegedly carved initials into woman they raped in Willmar

Two Racine, Wisconsin, men face charges of allegedly sexually assaulting a woman this July in Willmar and carving their initials into her.

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Davion Elijha Powell
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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 Racine, Wisconsin, man is being held on $750,000 bail for allegedly sexually assaulting and carving his initials into a woman this July in Willmar.

As of Friday afternoon, Davion Elijha Powell, 19, remains in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail charged with two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one felony count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

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

Powell appeared Aug. 20 in front of Eighth Judicial District Judge Jennifer Fischer, who also ordered Powell to complete booking, remain law-abiding and keep the court and his attorney informed of his current address.

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Tegan Jo Peterson, of Willmar, is listed as Powell's public defender.

Charges have been filed against another man in the same incident, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The West Central Tribune does not typically publish the names of defendants until they appear in court.

The second man also faces two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one felony count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon

According to the criminal complaint, Powell and the other man met the alleged victim 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 men allegedly sexually assaulted the woman in her residence, including raping her. She told police she attempted to get away multiple times.

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. Both men 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.

The other man with Powell allegedly used his phone to film the assault, which included sexually assaulting the woman with the object they used to cut her.

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Law enforcement located bodily fluids in multiple places in the woman's residence.

Witnesses identified both men to law enforcement.

The woman was taken to a hospital for examination but her condition is not listed in court documents.

Powell's next court date is scheduled for Sept. 3.

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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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