October 28, 2009
15-Year-Old Girl Raped And Beaten For Hours While Attending Her Homecoming Dance - 5 Suspects In Custody
Richmond, CA (The Weekly Vice) – Salvadore Rodriguez, 21, Manuel Ortega, 19, and three juvenile suspects aged 15, 16, and 17 were arrested this week after authorities received a terrifying report that a 15-year-old had been brutally gang-raped while her peers not only watched, but took pictures of the rape with their cell phones.
According to Richmond Police, the alcohol-fueled rape, beating, and robbery that took place at a local high school Saturday night may have included as many as ten assailants, and even more witnesses who watched the attack and did nothing to help.
Investigators say the young girl was leaving her Richmond High School homecoming dance Saturday when she was invited by a classmate to drink in a secluded campus courtyard. It is believed the girl was intoxicated at the time of the assault, and that as many as ten young males beat and raped her for two hours.
Investigators say that at least a dozen bystanders watched the attack, refusing to intervene. Many witnesses instead opted to laugh and capture the rape on their cell phones.
Responding officers found the girl semi-conscious in the courtyard when they arrived. She was rushed to a local hospital by life-flight where she is recovering from non-life threatening injuries.
After the arrests of Ortega and the 15-year-old suspect, police obtained warrants and sent SWAT teams to secure additional arrests.
Ortega was booked on charges of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, rape in concert, and rape with violence. He is being held on $1.23 million bond.
The three juveniles were booked on charges of rape in concert and penetration of a foreign object in concert. The 16-year-old suspect also faces a robbery charge. They will all stand trial as adults and are currently being held without bond.
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