CLEVELAND, Texas -- More arrests have been made in connection with the alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old Cleveland Middle School student, according to the Cleveland Police Department.
Seven more suspects are in custody bringing the total number of arrests in the case to 11.
The suspects named Wednesday are: Jared Glenn McPherson, 18, of Cleveland; Kelvin Rashad King, 21, of Cleveland; Marcus Anthony Porchia, 26, of Cleveland; Devo Shaun Green, 20, of Cleveland; Xavier King, 17, of Cleveland,Eric Bernard McGowan, 19 of Cleveland and Jamarcus Norris Napper.
McPherson and Xavier King were arrested at Cleveland High School where both are students.
McPherson is a starter on the basketball team.
McGowan was already in the Liberty County Jail, for an unrelated case, when he was charged with sexual assault.
Cleveland police are searching for two other suspects in the case, 22-year-old Carlos Bernard Ligons and 27-year-old Cedric De Ray Scott.
They expect to add more names to the list of suspects charged and some of them will likely be Cleveland High School students.
Only 11 News was in Cleveland on Wednesday when angry family members gathered outside the police department to complain about the arrests.
One woman, who said her nephew was among those arrested, said the community has been torn apart by the case.
It's upsetting everybody, said the woman, who didn't want her name used. It ain't nobody in this community not upset behind this. It's pitiful.
They have no proof of anything, said another man who said his cousin was in custody.
Late Wednesday evening one suspect s mother sat down with 11 News to discuss her outrage with the police department s investigation.
It just seems like a dream, said Green s mother Sherry Fletcher. I just hope everything comes out well because some of these kids are innocent.
Fletcher said police arrested her son Wednesday morning at his dad s home. She said her son is wrongly accused.
My son said he never touched the girl. He had never been around the girl, she said. When it first came out I asked him and he said, No mama, I wouldn t do something like that.
Police expect to make more arrests in the case.