California authorities are reporting that they believe up to six men beat, tortured and raped a 15-year-old girl who was leaving her homecoming dance for at least two hours in the parking lot of her high school. They also believe that as many as a dozen witnesses watched the rape and never reported it. There are also rumors that some of those witnesses filmed the crime on their cell phones.
RICHMOND, Calif. — Police believe as many as a dozen people watched a 15-year-old girl get beaten and gang-raped outside her high school homecoming dance without reporting it.
One suspect was in custody Monday, but police said as many as six other men attacked the girl over a two-hour period Friday night outside Richmond High School.
“She was raped, beaten, robbed and dehumanized by several suspects who were obviously OK enough with it to behave that way in each other’s presence,” Lt. Mark Gagan said. “What makes it even more disturbing is the presence of others. People came by, saw what was happening and failed to report it.”
The victim remained hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Manuel Ortega, 19, was arrested at the scene and was being held on $800,000 bail for investigation of rape and robbery. He is not a student at the school.
Police said the girl left the dance and was walking to meet her father for a ride home when a classmate invited her to join a group drinking in the courtyard. The victim had drank a large amount of alcohol by the time the assault began, police said.
Gagan said police have heard rumors that the attack was also taped on cell phones.
“This was something that was happening in a common area with several people around,” he said. “They were very cavalier.”
Gagan said the alleged attack took more than two hours.
Needless to say the rapists and the witnesses all deserve to be executed for their depravity. Manuel Ortega is not a student at the school, so it looks like he and his scum friends were lurking around a high school dance looking for victims. Fugitive.com says that four police officers and several school officials chaperoned the dance itself so any of those witnesses could have gotten help if they wanted.
They didn’t though. They were apparently too busy laughing:
Onlookers laughed, took pictures and even joined in Saturday night during the two-hour gang rape of a semiconscious 15-year-old outside her homecoming dance at Richmond High, police said Monday.
Teams of detectives and school resource officers spent the rest of the weekend trying to track down those responsible.
“The crimes perpetrated against this 15-year-old are both startling and horrific,” police Chief Chris Magnus said Monday. “We are committed to arresting the perpetrators and to preparing the strongest case possible by aggressively pursuing every lead and utilizing the full resources of the department.”
Detectives believe as many as six other men raped the girl as she lay semiconscious on a courtyard bench,also beating her, taking pictures and stealing her jewelry.
Police took at least one student out of Richmond High on Monday afternoon for questioning.
No one called police until word of the ongoing rape spread to a house party in the city’s North and East neighborhood, where an appalled partygoer felt obligated to phone in the rumor.
“That’s just wrong,” senior class President Gina Saechao, who helped organize the dance, said Monday. “What if it was your little sister? What if it was your mom?”
Officers broke it up, and found the victim semiconscious and obviously hurt. Paramedics flew her to a regional trauma center in critical condition; she stabilized overnight.
What’s funnier than watching a teen being beaten and raped to death? Make no mistake, had not that one party goer called the crime in the girl would have died on that courtyard bench. The people who saw the assault watched a girl get beaten and raped into critical condition. The animals attacking her were killing her. But they simply watched and laughed.
What kind of degenerates could do such a thing? Maybe “progressive” blogger Sunny aka Sheree Shastky Marty from Smashed Frog could tell you, since she too supports rapists and other perverts. She even married a rapist named Daniel Eaton. Aside from hurling racist insults at me she has maintained for years, as in this post and comment thread, that we as a society too hard on rapists.
Cases like this make me think we’re not hard enough on them, and on the people who support them.