Polygamous women in 'ninja' apparel charged in home attack

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WEST JORDAN — Two women who police say are involved in a polygamous relationship with a man accused of raping a child allegedly dressed as ninjas and broke into the house where the girl was sleeping.

Tylynn Southwick, 19, and Raven Blackwing, 22, were each charged Thursday with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, retaliation against a witness or victim, a third-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony. Bail for each was set at $1 million cash only.

Prosecutors believe both women broke into a house last week where the girl was staying, just four days before she was scheduled to testify against her alleged attacker.

On Sept. 19, a man staying at the house in West Jordan heard the upstairs floor creaking just before 4 a.m. He went to investigate and was confronted by two people dressed all in black, including black masks and black latex gloves.

"The two individuals lunged at (the man), putting their hands towards his throat," the charges filed in 3rd District Court state.

Another man in the house heard the commotion and went to assist. When he did, one of the intruders went after him with a stun gun and grazed his arm, according to the charges. The man was able to wrestle the woman to the floor and hold her until police arrived.

Arriving officers found Southwick was being held down by one of the men, while the other was holding Blackwing at bay on the couch with a samurai sword, the charges state.

Investigators found the two women were in possession of a knife, a large piece of cellophane, matches, a screwdriver, syringes, and Formalin, according to the charges. Police say Formalin is a strong chemical used to knock people out.

Also inside the home at the time was a 14-year-old girl who was asleep. The girl is the alleged rape victim of Kain Blackwing. He was charged in July with one count of rape, a first-degree felony. The girl was scheduled to testify against him at his preliminary hearing, according to police.

That court hearing, which was scheduled for Tuesday, was continued. A scheduling hearing was set for Nov. 6.

Court documents list Raven Blackwing as Kain Blackwing's wife and Southwick as his "girlfriend." West Jordan police, however, say both women claim Kain Blackwing is their husband.

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