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Man Charged With Rape and Attempted Murder in Memorial Day Incident in Chilmark

Boston man was charged this morning with eight counts including rape, kidnapping and attempted murder.

Bryant K. Brown, 33, of Boston was arraigned this morning on attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated rape 3 counts, indecent assault and battery on a disabled person over 14, assault with intent to rape and threats to commit a crime-murder. He was held on $300,000 bail. The victim was a 28-year-old disabled woman.

According to a statement released by Chilmark Chief Brian A Cioffi, on Monday, May 28, Chilmark police arrested Brown, in connection with a report of an alleged assault that occurred that morning on an Oak Bluffs woman.

“The victim said she met Mr. Brown and his girlfriend Latoya Gatlin, 28, of Roslindale in Oak Bluffs Sunday evening and returned to their rented cottage at a local inn in Chilmark where the assault occurred after Ms. Gatlin passed out. The victim said she was held against her will,” the press release said.

West Tisbury Police received a call on Monday morning at approximately 5:30am from the victim after she managed to escape from the rental cottage and was walking on North Road.

Due to Brown’s violent criminal history, police decided to wait until the couple left the cottage and were in their vehicle before making the arrest.

Gatlin was also arrested for possession of a Class D substance with the intent to distribute and defrauding an inn keeper.

Police from Chilmark, West Tisbury, Aquinnah and State Police responded to the scene. Members of the State Police crime scene investigative unit assisted Chilmark sexual assault investigators in the investigation. Members of Coast Guard Station Menemsha assisted in the transportation of the State Police unit.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for June 4.

Monica haney-brown June 01, 2012 at 04:52 PM
this is crazy,why would a women leave a club with a couple she never met and go back to their place,and the girlfriend allowed this to happen a strange women hanging out with her and her boyfriend,sounds so unreal,ther is a lot more to this story,we may never know the truth..His side her side then the truth
JuliannaSmith June 01, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I hope that authorities get to this as soon as possible as this is really a threatening issue in the community. I am a parent and I'm worried and I don't want anyone to experience threatening cases like this especially my kids. As a way of helping everyone especially the parents, who still find it quite hard to manage issues like this, I found this great application which featured safety app which gets me connected to a Safety Network or escalate my call to the nearest 911 when needed, it has other cool features that are helpful for your kids with just a press of a Panic Button. Check it here: http://www.SafeKidZone.com
romonia June 04, 2012 at 01:22 AM
A corvette only has two seats how are you going to offer a ride when there is no seat available. Sounds like she put herself at risk cause she thought he had money but he doesn't and why didn't she go to the front desk for help instead of her taking a chance on him coming out to catch her walking again? He held her hostage but let her keep her phone hmmmm!
Louisa Hufstader April 17, 2013 at 03:10 PM
The rape case has been decided, nearly a year later: http://marthasvineyard.patch.com/articles/vineyard-rape-case-ends-with-not-guilty-verdict

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