PANAMA CITY BEACH — Two Louisiana men have been arrested in connection with a rape outside a Panama City Beach gas station, according to official reports.
Thaylon Sanchez Simoneaux, 18, and Davon Christopher Winchester, 18, appeared in court Wednesday each on a charge of sexual battery in the case. The Panama City Beach Police Department reported that after midnight the previous night the two men allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse without the consent of the victim, who was not identified, in a port-a-potty outside a Circle K gas station. The two men, both from Vacherie, Louisiana, each are being held on a $15,000 bond at the Bay County Jail, court records show.
According to PCBPD reports, the incident happened between midnight and 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Circle K in Panama City Beach. The victim told investigators that she was in and out of consciousness but remembered going into the port-a-potty, where Winchester and a man she did not know entered and forced themselves on her, PCBPD reported.
Officers later identified Simoneaux as a person of interest and interviewed him, police reported. Simoneaux allegedly told officers the victim had consented to sex.
“He further explained she was ‘tipsy,’ and he had to take her hand to help her walk because she was unstable,” officers wrote.
Simoneaux allegedly then told officers he left the area before the victim exited the port-a-potty, police reported.
Despite Simoneaux’s allegedly claiming the victim consented, police reported that was inconsequential.
“The victim was intoxicated to the point she was unable to provide consent during the time of the incident,” officers wrote.
Both men were arrested and charged with sexual battery. They return to court June 18 for an arraignment.