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Woman who called police in Bay Area gang rape honored today

November 17, 2009 |  6:52 pm
The Richmond City Council today recognized the actions of an 18-year-old woman who alerted authorities to the brutal gang rape of a high school girl after she left a homecoming dance last month.

In a proclamation, the City Council honored Margarita Vargas "for her act of humanity by reporting the sexual assault."

The 15-year-old victim had been repeatedly raped, beaten and robbed after she left the dance at Richmond High School on Oct. 24.

At least a dozen people witnessed the attack --- which lasted at least two hours -- but failed to call police.Richmond High

In her 911 call, Vargas told dispatchers she came forward because no else wanted to help the girl.

 "Nobody wants to call the cops," she said. "So we decided to call."

The crime sparked outrage and focused national attention on the city of 103,000 northeast of San Francisco.

Six people -- three adults and three minors -- have been charged with rape, sexual assault, robbery and kidnapping in connection with the assault, authorities said.

--Robert J. Lopez