A 15-year-old girl is in the hospital after gang rape by at least 4 and possibly up to 7 males at Richmond High School in Richmond, California after leaving the school's Homecoming Dance.
Mercury News reports that while awaiting the arrival of her father, the victim ran into an acquaintance who asked her to join him with some friends
. He offered her alcohol. Police are investigating whether the victim may have been drugged.
The LA Times reports that the victim was awaiting her father to pick her up after the dance. He was searching for her during the time the assault was occurring. The assault lasted for two to two and a half hours according to the Los Angeles Times. The victim's jewelry was also stolen during the attack.
The police were called by a young woman who had overhead talk about the assault at a party
according to Mercury New. It is alleged that a crowd of up to 20 males had gathered to watch the assault.
When police arrived at the scene the rape was in progress
and the victim was semi-conscious.
Two people have been arrested thus far according to Mercury News and LA Times. One suspect, Manuel Ortega, is age 19 and was charged "on rape, robbery, and kidnapping charges." The other arrested suspect is age 15 and "was booked on one count of felony sexual assault" according to Lt. Mark Gagan.
The police are searching for the other suspects. In today's world, when so many students carry cell phones with video cameras in them, it is very likely that someone has filmed this assault
. The police are searching social media sites for any evidence linked to this crime.
Mercury News reports that "Some people took photos, laughed, and some joined in as the girl was repeatedly assaulted."
Lt. Mark Gagan of the Richmond police stated to CNN "This just gets worse and worse the more you dig into it. It was like a horror movie after looking at the evidence. I can't believe not one person felt compelled to help her."
If you have any information about this crime call Detective Den Greco at 510-620-6618 or the anonymous tip line at 510-232-8477.