Report: Washington County Inmate Raped, Tortured For 16 Hours

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Deputies are investigating an alleged rape at the Washington County Detention Center involving inmates sharing a cell unit, in which the victim was raped, tortured and forced to perform various acts, the Sheriff's Office states.

One of the suspects was accused earlier this year of holding a machete to the throat of a taxi driver, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Javaughntaiye Willis, 21, and Jdonta Britt, 19, face charges of rape, terroristic threatening, second-degree battery and acting in concert to commit two or more felonies, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The rape involved “detainees housed in the same cell. Sheriff’s Office detention personnel took swift action to protect the victim as soon as they became aware of the situation, and detectives are actively investigating the crime,” according to a Sheriff’s Office statement released Monday.

Kelly Cantrell with the sheriff's office said they are conducting an internal review to ensure that all of their policies and procedures were followed. She said their Criminal Investigation Division unit is in charge of the investigation.

A probable cause report states Willis was housed in cell M-23 at the detention center with Britt, the alleged victim and a separate eyewitness. From 9 p.m. on Dec. 12 to about 1 p.m. on Dec. 13, the alleged victim was beaten, threatened, raped, forced to perform a sex act and made to drink the suspects' urine, according to a probable cause report from Det. Scott McAfee.

"The suspects tortured the the victim by slapping, punching, kicking, elbowing, kneeing and using edged weapons to cut him," McAfee's report states. "The suspects threatened to cut off his pinky finger if the victim did not obey their commands or if he reported the abuse to authorities."

The suspects also forced the victim to brush his teeth with a toothbrush that had been soiled, the report states.

Detectives said they found evidence to support the victim's allegations and plan to recommend new charges to filed against Willis and Britt in connection with the reported rape. Investigators collected an eyewitness statement, a razor, blood and photographs of the victim's injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Willis is being held at the detention center awaiting trial in an aggravated robbery case involving a local taxi driver, according to court records. He and co-defendant Alberto Delatorre have a trial set for Jan. 22 in Washington County Circuit Court, according to court records.

Britt is in jail also awaiting trial, in a robbery case involving the beating of a man at Brookhaven Apartments in Springdale. His trial is set for Feb. 13 in Washington County, court records show.

Willis pleaded not guilty in August to aggravated robbery, theft of property and terroristic threatening, among other charges. Willis is accused of holding a machete to the throat of a cab driver for NWA Taxi at approximately 2:45 a.m. July 19 at Betty Jo Drive in Fayetteville, police said.

The driver said three men came up to his taxi, one wielding a machete and demanded money.  The three allegedly took the driver’s money, wallet, and cell phone, according to the taxi company.

Delatorre, 18, and a 17-year-old boy were also arrested in connection with the incident. Delatorre was released from jail on $3,500 bond the next day, according to jail records.

The theft victim called Fayetteville Police after the robbery.

Shortly before 6:40 a.m. Fayetteville Police made contact with occupants at a home on Betty Jo Drive who had a possible link to the robbery.

At approximately 7:11 a.m. six additional police units arrived on scene.  Police were seen patting down one man who was inside the home, two others were seen sitting in the yard of the home.

Shortly after that, police told a man he had five seconds to come out or they are going in.  Officers went inside the home minutes after but did not bring anyone out.

Just before 8 a.m. police handcuffed a black man at the scene wearing a white tank top and took him away in a police cruiser.

At approximately 8:15 a.m. a white man wearing a grey shirt and black shorts was also arrested.  A woman at the home was seen screaming as the man was taken away.  Investigators continued to question the residents at the home after the second arrest.

The items allegedly stolen from the taxi driver were returned, according to police.

Britt was arrested earlier this year with another man and a teenager implicated in an aggravated robbery case. Springdale police received a call around 11:50 p.m. in reference to a three black males assaulting a Hispanic male. The caller told police the suspects left in a maroon Chevy Impala.

Officers quickly located the car, but the suspects ran off. Britt and another suspect were caught, while the teen got away, police said.

The victim, 34-year-old Jose Jesus Alvarez-Meja, of Springdale, was found face down at the apartment. Witnesses told police one of the suspects hit Alvarez-Meja, then the other two joined the fight, jumping up and down on the victim who had fallen down.

Alvarez-Meja was taken to Northwest Medical Center in Springdale in serious condition and later taken by medical helicopter to a Springfield, Mo., hospital.

Police found Alvarez-Meja’s bloody backpack inside the Impala. One of the suspects also had the victim’s wallet, according to a police report. Investigators do not believe the suspects knew Alvarez-Meja. He had just arrived home when they allegedly beat and robbed him.


  • Webblife

    There is no need for racial slurs 8track because I’m sure there has been worse crimes committed by your kind but on another note i pray for justice to be served on these idiots! This is disgusting & disgraceful! #next

  • Sarah

    Surveillance was not appropriate in this facility or these crimes would not have occurred. I always remember the lady left in the cell for four to five days who died from being left alone at the Washington County Jail. Therefore, when left alone an inmate is not safe or when imprisoned with others an inmate is not safe.
    Come on Sheriff we gave you the big bucks, hire people trained to work with an inmate population. This is your job.

  • Justice

    I cant say what I would like to! These two should be locked up for life and maybe they will be raped by Big Bubba!! They are a waste of good air.

  • AGT C

    Here is an idea for all races.If you do not break the law and you stay out of jail wouldn’t that prevent this from happening?Just a thought.

    • danny

      Here’s a thought. Let us throw you in a room with these two scumbags and see how you like it. But I wouldn’t wish what happened to this poor soul on any decent human.

      The victim is in jail paying for his crime, but this punishment is extreme overkill and should not be tolerated by any civilized society. I would rather be living near this victim than someone like you.

      • Omi

        Keep in mind the victim here is in jail because he nearly beat a poor man to death himself…i guess what goes around comes around. I am by no means defending the heiness act that took place they certainly deserve the hammer thrown at them too.

      • bonnie f.


  • tj

    i have a deep dislike for cops,,,most cops,,,im skeptical of them to say the least,,,i try to give everyone benifit of doubt,,,and iv spent some time in jails of diff kinds,,cant say alott of time,,cuz iv got freinds and family who compared to my time have spent alotta time in jails,,,but i can see this happening,,,lol,,iv been in there when shit worse than this has happened,,,,it could have been chitty cops,,not doing their job,,or simply letting things happen,,,this does happen,,,but i know that most all county jails are way understaffed,,to the point they cannot tend to all the chit they should,,,and its not their fault,,,so i dunno,,,,i know this,,,this dude this chit happened to,,,is odd to say the least,,,cuz if i had been faced with this chit i wouldnt remember it happening,,,because these guys would have had to abuse my dead or knock all the way out body,,,,,something odd about it all,

  • Wes

    Cannot believe that they were left unsupervised for 16 hours. That is a total lack of institutional control on the part of the jail and if it were my family member, there would be a lawsuit so huge – Washington County would have to close up shop. Disgusting.

  • bonnie f.

    They are the biggest PUNKS I have ever read about.They are animals. they are where they need to be but they need in a cell by there self. caged u.p lThat turned my stomach.BEAST ON EARTH

  • Sarrah Goldblume

    With all the hype about diversity being touted we should be ARMPIT deep in UTOPIA by now, but empty promises from elitists about multiculturalism have left our schools, cities, and society in ruins.

    The media has created an illusion that African Americans are the ones who will return your lost dog, hand you your wallet when you drop it, and are so cool compared to nerdy White people. It is on about every commercial now in case you have not noticed.

    As important as not playing with fire or looking both ways to cross the street; parents should be teaching their children to ALWAYS stay away from African Americans.

    Keeping your kids alive is far more important than being told you’re a racist, bigot or not Christian for avoiding multicultural enrichment.

    Innocent, unsuspecting, and hopelessly naive Whites are mugged, raped and murdered each day. The African Americans are becoming much more violent each year. Law Enforcement seems to insure the criminals’ rights are upheld far more than arresting obvious criminals. Think about your loved ones; Death is a high price to pay for an incorrect assessment of Black Crime.

    In conclusion; the tsunami of violent crime, squalor, and bankruptcy in our cities, schools, and society gives tremendous credibility to those who first opposed integration.

  • arnold fudpucker

    I’m still trying to figure out how to pronounce those weird names. Also trying to figure out why you censor so many things that you don’t happen to agree with. Think Sarrah is right.

  • Ron Stone

    Interesting that you’ve edited the article since this morning to remove the local Sheriff’s self-serving idiocy, and along the way removed my comment on the matter. None of which changes the fact that every facility I’m aware of conducts several inmate counts per day, including verifying identity and visually noting their condition. And any facility built in the last generation or so is designed so there are no blind spots where inmates can be out of sight of custodial staff – assuming they are awake and at least looking like they are doing their jobs.

    There are so many layers of liability in this farce that it would be pitiful if it weren’t such a typical example of the institutional corruption and incompetence tolerated by the voters around here.

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