Four Italian men accused of raping two British teenagers at a party where guests asked one of the girls' uncles not to call the police have been named.
The men, aged between 19 and 23, were arrested on Monday in Marconia di Pisticci, southern Italy, after the alleged rape of the two 15-year-old girls.
It is believed that four other people were involved in the alleged attack, which has been described as a "brutal and extreme attack".
Michele Massiello (23), Giuseppe Gargano (19), Alessandro Zuccaro (21) and Alberto Lopatiello (22) are being detained on suspicion of sexual violence and injury, reported La Repubblica.
Pictured: 22-year-old suspect Alberto Lopatriello
Pictured: 21-year-old suspect Alessandro Zuccaro
Another three people were reportedly released on bail.
Italian media today described the men who live in the town who reportedly crashed Villa Bash as "well known bullies and thugs".
The victims confirmed the identity of their alleged attackers after viewing their social media profiles.
In a statement, one of the teenagers remembered ordering a drink before a stranger she met at the party offered him another, the Sun reported.
Pictured: Suspect Giuseppe Gargano
Urine samples have confirmed that both victims were drugged in the alleged attack.
One of the girls said, “I did not knowingly do drugs, but I think someone put something in my second drink because I felt terrible after drinking it.
I told them to stop. I yelled in English, let me go. They took off their pants and I tried to defend myself by biting one’s penis.
"I saw one of them try to film it on their cell phone."
The girls were scheduled to fly home to an upscale villa in a region that is one of Italy's top tourist destinations the day after the alleged incident to return to school in northern England.
The uncle of one of the victims went to the party after the attack, where guests asked him not to call the police, otherwise the party would be "ruined", reports the sun.
Angelo Onorati, a Matera prosecutor, said the men were arrested because of the "brutality, severity and ferocity of the violence that could be deviously repeated against other women".
Investigators said yesterday that the girls were attending the party with another hostess, but shortly after they arrived they were approached by two of the suspects.
Authorities are investigating reports that a group of uninvited boys forced their way into the party and allegedly assaulted the girls.
"On the night of September 7th-8th, sexual violence was committed in Marconia di Pisticci against two foreign minors who were at a party in a villa," local police said in a statement on Thursday.
This video clip released yesterday by the Italian police shows a group of people walking towards a dark corner of a villa garden
"The investigative department of the Matera Police Department has started an investigation in coordination with the prosecutor."
The two girls were reportedly beaten and kicked before they were raped by more than one person during the party.
The news website Sassilive said the alleged attack took place in the early hours of Monday when "the girls were attacked by a herd of eight boys behind a bush near the place where the party was taking place".
The teenagers were able to return to their accommodation, where they told the hostess what had happened.
The police were alerted and the two girls were taken to a hospital in Matera, about 40 miles away.
The couple was treated for shock and had marks on their bodies. They have now reportedly been released from the hospital.
Four people were arrested in connection with the alleged rape. Above are the police officers who take a youth into custody
Four people were arrested after the alleged rape of two British girls on the night of September 7th. The attack occurred in a villa in the small coastal town of Marconia di Pisticci in southern Italy (picture)
A lawyer for the girls, Giuseppe Rago, said the alleged violence against them was "unprecedented".
“They are girls with a strong personality, they have been encouraged by their families and they are confident in the work of justice.
They hope to recover soon and forget what happened … we never thought that such malice could happen here, ”he told the Adnkronos news agency.
The 12,000 residents of Marconia are in deep shock, according to the local newspaper La Gazetta Del Mezzogiorno, which described it as "extremely shameful".
Viviana Verri, the city's mayor, said in a statement: “This is the moment when the spirit of our community must emerge strongly, a healthy community that cannot and must not get used to such episodes.
"As a result, (witnesses) cannot afford to remain silent (and must) help investigators end this matter."
A fast-track trial is scheduled to take place next week, and family members of the teenagers have flown out to be with them.
The men involved deny the allegations.
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