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More arrests expected in gang rape of 15-year-old Bay Area student

Police said today they expected more arrests in connection with what they described as a brutal gang rape of a 15-year-old Bay Area student who struggled with attackers -- some of whom took photos and laughed -- as more than a dozen witnesses passed by and did nothing.

City of Richmond The girl was repeatedly assaulted Saturday night at Richmond High School after she left a homecoming dance early to wait for a ride from her father. At least seven males beat, raped and eventually robbed the girl in a dark alley behind campus during an ordeal that lasted two to 2-1/2 hours, according to Richmond police.

Two people -- a 19-year-old former Richmond High student and a 15-year-old student at the school -- have been arrested in connection with the assault, which began about 9:30 p.m.

The suspects allegedly described how some of the attackers laughed and took photos of the girl with cellphone cameras as she was being raped, said Det. Ken Greco of the Richmond Police Department.

"It was a pretty brutal scene," he said.

He said additional arrests could be made as early as tonight after investigators search for suspects in the city 16 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Police said they had received numerous tips from outraged students and witnesses. 

"We're getting more information about who was there and who played what role," said Lt. Mark Gagan.  "The physical evidence is pretty supportive of the direction we're going."

He declined to elaborate on the evidence, citing the ongoing investigation.

Police were alerted after a female student overhead people talking about a rape. She called 911 and told dispatchers what she had heard, according to Gagan.

Police said the victim was still being assaulted when officers arrived on the scene. The suspects fled as officers found the girl lying in the alley. She was unconscious and naked from the waist up, Gagan said.

The former Richmond High student, Manuel Ortega, 19, was arrested a few blocks away Saturday night and booked on charges of rape, robbery and kidnapping, police said. The 15-year-old was booked on suspicion of felony sexual assault.

Gagan said alcohol had been consumed at the scene but that toxicology tests were pending.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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Please let us know how the girl is doing - the last you said was that she was found unconscious at the scene.

The Superintendent of the West Contra Costa School District says this was an isolated incident, and the dance was a success. Really, a brutal rape on your campus should be overlooked because it didn't occur inside the gym? If we're wondering why so many students were involved or passively watched, let's look at the values of the district leadership for some cues.

welcome to obamaland, formerly known as the usa

All the people involved in this brutal gang rape should be prosecuted with the harshest charges which are available as we can see San Jose is the not safe city any more. Shame on the Silicon Valley of the country, its name should be changed to Rape Valley of the US !
How can the San Jose police let such a thing happen ? All the people involved should be charged as adults.
It can happen to anyone who has innocent daughters !
The Santa Clara County District Attorney is well-known with harshest charges for the criminals and keep all the criminal activities to minimal, and now we can see how things are going to get out of the control!

put the young suspects in prison with the aryan brotherhood, see who comes out on top. they deserve each other.

If only these URBAN AMERICANS had more things, like in wite school, they would not do these acts. I think that these assaults are a cry for help, these Youth need beeter programs.

"I think that these assaults are a cry for help, these Youth need beeter programs."

How does a lack of updated textbooks and qualified teachers make you want to gang rape a girl who is likely as impoverished as you are?

wite? beeter?

"The former Richmond High student, Manuel Ortega, 19, " of course, a dropout.

Oh please! You're condoning this behavior due to the fact that public funds aren't available to youth programs?

How about better PARENTING?!?!?

Regardless of the reasoning for their criminal behavior, they are going to prison for a very long time and they will never be considered for a real job...They better like working construction for minimum wage...Adios Amigos...


these are hard core criminals don't waste your breath pleading their case!
Plus our society is filled with more like them!
Don't be so naive!

Richmond California is the ARM PIT of California. The city is Packed to the Rafters wit SUB HUMAN BLACKS AND WETS. EXPECT NOTHING FROM THESE ANIMALS AND YOU`LL NEVER BE DISSAPOINTED.Blacks and Mexicans are Consciencless Animals. Sociopaths All.

Naked from the waist up?

I am so tired of people blaming this and other heinous crimes on our new Administration.

I am just so angry that, according to published reports, there were so many people just standing around and did nothing while this young girl was being invaded. Some even took pictures. OMG, why are people so cruel? I hope they find and prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, every single person who was involved in this brutal crime, even the witnesses who didn't do a darn thing to help (not even calling 911). My goodness, the alleged victim is only 15 years old and was out at a homecoming dance having fun. This could have been your little sister...your daughter....your friend. Let us all keep this victim in our thoughts and prayers.

I have a question?

1) Where were the chaperones when all of this went down for 2 to 2-1/2 hours?


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