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Man allegedly attacked by Pava LaPere suspect recalls being set on fire as girlfriend raped: ‘I’m about to be dead’


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A man who was allegedly set on fire by the violent felon accused of murdering Pava LaPere spoke out about the horrifying attack – and how he was forced to watch his girlfriend being choked and repeatedly raped at gunpoint before she also burned in the inferno.

Jason Dean Billingsley, 32, was arrested in Bowie, Maryland, late Wednesday after being named the prime suspect in the 26-year-old tech CEO’s murder.

But at the time of his capture, Billingsley — who was released on mandatory supervision after completing a rape sentence – was already being hunted in connection with a Sept. 19 attack that involved the rape of a woman who was set on fire along with a man she was seeing.

That man, Jonte Gilmore, 26, described the harrowing attack and how they managed to escape in an interview with The Baltimore Banner – as well as how he broke down in tears at realizing the same suspect was accused of killing LaPere.

“This shouldn’t have happened to her,” he said of the brutal murder while cops were already hunting the suspect. “She didn’t deserve this.”

Gilmore told the outlet from his hospital bed that he and the woman, who has not been named, fell asleep after they listened to music in the basement bedroom of her West Baltimore rooming house.

She heard someone knocking on the bedroom door, but when she opened it no one was there, Gilmore said, adding that he was still asleep but that she later told him she heard someone outside shout, “Maintenance! You have a flood in the kitchen.”

When the woman went upstairs to see the man, he grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the floor, hit her in the face with a gun and shouted, “Where that money at?” – then wrapped her head and ankles in tape, he told the outlet.

Gilmore said he woke up when he felt what he thought was his partner touching his back, but then realized a gun was pointed at his forehead.

“‘Where that money at?’” he said the intruder snapped.

“‘If you try anything stupid, Imma rape your bitch upstairs!’” the man said, according to Gilmore, who said he was then tied behind his back and forced to kneel on the floor.

“‘Where that money at?’” he said the intruder snapped.

The man then duct-taped Gilmore’s face and ankles before putting on loud music and raping the woman as he forced her to drink alcohol, he recounted.

At one point, she said she needed to pee but the attacker forced her to urinate near Gilmore before he left the room, he said.

“It’s the maintenance man, the maintenance man,” he said she told him as they tried to remove their restraints, but the man soon returned and continued his sexual assault.

Gilmore said he saw him raping the woman again and then slashing her throat when she fought his efforts to strangle her.

“I thought I was just by myself,” he told The Baltimore Banner about the moment he saw the man dropping his partner’s limp body – but he later realized she was only pretending to be dead.

Matters only got worse when the attacker wiped a rag containing a flammable liquid on his face.

“I’m about to be dead, to burn up in this closet,” he said he thought.

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