Friday, January 2, 2009

4 Arrested in Calif. Gang Rape of Lesbian



Three Arrested for Gang Rape of Lesbian in SF's East Bay
A man and two teens have been arrested for the gang rape of a lesbian in San Francisco's East Bay city of Richmond in mid-December. Their victim, who has not been identified was carjacked, and repeatedly raped and assaulted for 45 minutes before she was dumped on the street and sought help from a resident.
"Richmond police on Wednesday arrested a 15-year-old male and 21-year-old Humberto Hernandez Salvadore at their Richmond homes. The 15-year-old was charged with felony counts of sexual assault, kidnapping and robbery, said Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan. Salvadore, who authorities described as the ringleader in the incident, was charged with felony counts of kidnapping to commit a sex crime, carjacking, rape, gang rape, as well as charged associated with probation violation and felonies committed while on probation. The teenager is being held with no bail at a juvenile facility in Martinez; Salvadore is being held in county jail in Martinez with no bail. A sixteen-year-old male from Hercules turned himself in around midnight, was charged with felonies related to the alleged rape and kidnapping and was also being held in a juvenile detention center. The teenager, who was known by the nickname "Blue," was accompanied by his family, Gagan said. Salvadore 'had the most involvement and gave orders and directions to the other individuals,' Gagan said. 'But they're all responsible for the crimes that were committed against the victim.'"
Police have a $1 million arrest warrant on a fourth suspect, 21-year-old Josue Gonzalez (pictured) who goes by the name of "Pato". He is believed to be armed and dangerous.
The assault is being treated as a hate crime because the assailants made remarks about the victim's sexual orientation. Her car also had rainbow flag stickers on it.
UPDATE: Gonzalez arrested...



4 Arrested in Calif. Gang Rape of Lesbian



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4 arrested in California gang rape of lesbian
1/2/2009 11:31:21 AM


Two men and two teens have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a woman last month while allegedly taunting her for being a lesbian, police said. Officers arrested Humberto Hernandez Salvador at his home Wednesday (December 31) night, Richmond police Lt Mark Gagan said. The 31-year-old is being held without bail on gang rape, kidnapping and carjacking charges. Police on Wednesday also arrested a 15-year-old boy and 16-year-old boy, who were being held at a juvenile detention center on similar charges. Their names were not released. Josue Gonzalez, 21, turned himself yesterday after police announced they were searching for him. He was wanted on a USD 1 million arrest warrant on charges of gang rape, kidnapping and carjacking. Gagan said Gonzalez asked for an attorney when he turned himself in but said nothing about his alleged role in the attack. Police would not detail each person's alleged involvement in the attack but said tips from local residents led to the arrests.The incident happened in a gritty area of Northern California's San Francisco Bay area. Detectives say the 28-year-old victim was attacked on December 13 after she got out of her car, which bore a rainbow gay pride sticker. The alleged attackers made comments indicating they knew she was alesbian, police said. Authorities have characterised the case as a hate crime. Police said the victim lives openly with a female partner.





Four arrested over gang rape of lesbian woman

Two men and two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a woman who they had allegedly taunted for being a lesbian.

Last Updated: 4:29AM GMT 02 Jan 2009
Police, who described the 45-minute attack as a hate crime, said they arrested a 31-year-old man and two teenage boys aged 15 and 16 on Wednesday at their homes in Richmond, near San Francisco.
A second man, aged 21, turned himself in on Thursday after police announced they were seeking him on charges of gang rape, kidnapping and carjacking.
The 28-year-old victim was attacked on December 13 in Richmond after she got out of her car, which bore a rainbow gay pride sticker. Police said the attackers made comments indicating they knew the woman, who lives openly with her female partner, was a lesbian.
The attack began when one of the men approached the woman, struck her with a blunt object and ordered her to strip. He then sexually assaulted her with the help of the others, according to detectives.
When the group saw another person approaching, they forced the victim back into her car and took her to a burned-out apartment building.
She was raped again inside and outside the vehicle and left naked outside the building while her attackers took her wallet and drove off in her car, police said.
The men were being held without bail on gang rape, kidnapping and carjacking charges. The boys were detained at a juvenile detention centre and face similar charges.
Lt. Mark Gagan, of Richmond police, said authorities felt that while all the suspects were at large, "a large cross-section of our population felt unsafe. Now that the fourth one is behind bars, we can all breathe a sigh of relief."
Police did not provide details on each person's alleged role in the crime although Lt Gagan told the San Francisco Chronicle that the oldest suspect "had the most involvement and gave orders and directions to the other individuals.
"But they're all responsible for the crimes that were committed against the victim," he added.
The attack generated widespread attention and authorities offered a 10,000 dollar reward for information. Tips from local residents helped lead to the arrests, police said, although they did not say whether the reward had been distributed.

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