Brie Ana Williams, who was 19 when she was raped nearly four and a half years ago, filed suit on Tuesday. According to court papers, she was assaulted by two men, Alvin Prine and David Ramirez, in December 2012 at a trail ride event held by the Los Vaqueros Club. The men, who are named as defendants in the lawsuit, assaulted Williams in the cab of a truck after a night of drinking at the event, held at a bar called Stewart's Night Life in Dayton. Both men were convicted in the attack; Prine remains in prison on a 20-year sentence.
In her lawsuit, Williams alleges Los Vaqueros is responsible for her attack because the group hosted the event at which it occurred. That same logic, the suit claims, applies to the rodeo.
"The [Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo] was similarly aware of the dangers posed but nevertheless did nothing to prevent Plaintiff's sexual assault," the suit reads.
Wayne Dolcefino, who is assisting with Williams's case, said she is suing now since the case faced a five-year statute of limitations. Dolcefino added that sexual assault survivors often need years to recover before becoming comfortable filing a lawsuit.
David Ramirez, the trail boss of the Los Vaqueros trail ride, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to a statement from Williams's attorneys, he is the father of the David Ramirez who assaulted Williams. At 353 miles, the Los Vaqueros trail ride is the longest to participate in the ride. It begins in Hidalgo, at the Mexican border.
In a statement, the rodeo said it is an entity separate from the Los Vaqueros Rio Grande Trail Ride.
"This event occurred in December 2012, two months prior to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trail Ride encampment held in Memorial Park, making the event unaffiliated with the Show," the statement reads, referencing the assault.