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Woman Accused Of Raping, Torturing Hostage Over 'Stolen' $180 Is Captured

Laura "Seven" Palmer, a 35-year-old convicted felon, allegedly held a woman against her will at her Tulsa apartment and joined two men in a brutal two-day-long attack.

By M.L. Nestel
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One of Oklahoma's Most Wanted fugitive women was arrested Saturday night during a routine traffic stop aided by a tipster. 

Laura “Seven” Palmer, 35, had been pursued since early September when a woman named her as the ringleader of a trio who allegedly kidnapped, raped and tortured her for two days over suspicions that she stole $180. 

Palmer, who goes by numerous aliases including Laura Moffitt and Laura Koechata, allegedly took a woman hostage on Sept. 7, with the help of two other men named “Derek” and “Boston.” The trio allegedly tortured the woman over accusations she'd stolen Palmer’s cash, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Tulsa's District Court on Sept. 24, and obtained by Oxygen.com.

On a tip, Tulsa Police Department officers pulled Palmer’s over at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and brought her under arrest without incident, a law enforcement official confirmed.

“They got information that she was in a certain area, and they arrested her and another passenger in the vehicle," the official said.  

The unidentified "adult woman" victim, described only by her initials, sought out cops back on Sept. 12, to allege that five days earlier she had been raped and tortured at gunpoint and poked with a power drill by Palmer and her alleged accomplices while trapped inside Palmer’s apartment in the Moeller Heights section of Tulsa.

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Palmer, who goes by the moniker “Seven,” allegedly demanded the return of $180 she claimed the woman swiped from her. Palmer allegedly prevented the woman from leaving until she came up with the missing money.

To get the woman to give up the money, “Derek” allegedly forced the woman into the apartment’s bathroom at Palmer’s order. Once inside, he pointed “small black .22 caliber revolver with a white handle,” at the woman and threatened her that “if she did not produce the $180 he was going to kill her,” the document states. 

Derek held the weapon while allegedly commanding the woman to strip naked. 

It was while the woman undressed that Derek allegedly performed a cavity search by using "his fingers and forcibly” penetrating the woman's genitals. The man then allegedly raped the woman. 

The victim "begged [Derek] to stop" and “told him ‘No’ on several occasions,” according to the affidavit. 

Some time afterward, a man named “Boston” allegedly forced the woman to shed her clothes again as he “searched underneath her breasts for the money.”

Like Derek, Boston also is alleged to have “forcibly” violated the woman with his fingers and his penis in what is described in the document as a rape that lasted “about five minutes.”

“[The woman] begged Boston to stop, but he would not stop,” according to the affidavit. 

Then Palmer, clutching the revolver, allegedly forced the woman to the bathroom and performed the same violative cavity searches.

Palmer then “forcibly inserted a .22 caliber gun barrel inside [the woman’s] vagina and told her if she did not come up with the money she would kill her,” according to the affidavit. 

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Palmer also allegedly bit the victim’s breast.

During the time inside Palmer's apartment, the woman suffered two black eyes, a busted upper lip, bruising on her upper body, a bite mark on her breast and various marks on her right arm and shoulder that authorities say were caused by a black power drill.

It's unclear who of the three accused rapists used the power drill on the woman's arm.

Palmer faces several charges, including rape by instrumentation, kidnapping, assault and battery, and various weapons charges, according to court records. 

She was held on a $500,000 bond and is due to be arraigned on Nov. 8, court records show

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