Reno man sentenced to life for rape of teen during robbery

Timothy Randell, 27, of Reno was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences plus 95 years for weapons enhancement for the 2015 rape of a teenage girl during a robbery. Nevada Department of Corrections photo.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A man who raped a teenage girl in 2015 in northeast Reno as part of a robbery within earshot of her father and boyfriend was sentenced Dec. 22 to life in prison without a chance for parole.

Washoe District Court Judge Patrick Flanagan sentenced Timothy Randell, 27, of Reno to three consecutive life sentences plus 95 years for weapons enhancement, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office reported.
Meanwhile, authorities are still seeking a second suspect involved in the June 18, 2015, incident.

Randell may have followed the girl and her boyfriend from a Reno store back to the apartment in the 2000 block of Cannan Street just before 4 p.m. Randell forced the couple into the apartment at gunpoint and tied up he boyfriend and also the father, who was in the apartment, with duct tape and electrical cord.

Randell then summoned an accomplice and during the next three hours they took turns raping the girl while they searched the homes for valuables, the district attorney’s office said. Randell held the gun to her head and also threatened to kill her boyfriend and her father.

Randell choked the girl and her boyfriend unconscious, then spread oil throughout the home and attempted to set it on fire, the district attorney’s office said. He and his accomplice fled when the fire alarm went off. All three victims freed themselves, put out the fire and called police.

All three victims testified at sentencing, including the girl, who is now 17 years old.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Luke Prengaman said life without a chance for parole would send a message of deterrence to others who might commit such a crime.

The second suspect was described as a lighter skinned male of unknown ethnicity, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with an average or heavy build, small deadlocks near the front and side of his face and he wore a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and a dark beanie-style hat. Both suspects made statements about Oakland, Calif.