facebook
twitter
search
search

Witnesses did not report gang rape

Oct. 26, 2009 at 9:24 PM

RICHMOND, Calif., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Police in Richmond, Calif., said Monday about a dozen people witnessed a gang rape of a 15-year-old girl but none of the witnesses reported the crime.

A suspect was in custody and police were looking for others Monday in the rape outside a Richmond High School homecoming dance Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday.

"What's shocking about it is there were so many people willing to involve themselves in such a serious crime," Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan said.

The victim, a student at Richmond High, left the dance about 9:30 p.m. PDT and was walking alone, expecting her father to pick her up, police said. A schoolmate invited her to join others who were hanging out and drinking on campus, Gagan said -- noting the girl drank a large amount of alcohol before she was raped by others in the group.

Gagan said police responded at around midnight to a tip about the assault and found the victim semi-conscious.

Police said they arrested Manuel Ortega, 19, on suspicion of rape, robbery and kidnapping. Ortega is not a student at the school.

Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Youngest murderer convicted as adult to be released
North Korea bans music but hails Kim Jong Un's new orchestra
Coast Guard expands 'aggressive' search to Georgia for missing Florida teens
Mike Huckabee stands by comment comparing Iran deal to Holocaust
Human rights groups criticize Malaysia upgrade in trafficking report