Teens arrested on suspicion of raping a 13-year-old girl
Three 13-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of raping a middle school girl in a Banning park as she walked home from school, Riverside County authorities said.
The suspects have admitted to attacking the girl Monday evening at Roosevelt Williams Park, a few blocks from Nicolet Middle School, where the assailants and the 13-year-old victim attended school, Banning police said.
According to police, the boys grabbed the girl, then fondled her before two of them held her down while the third sexually assaulted her.
Detectives said the girl, who was treated at a local hospital, identified her attackers. Investigators interviewed the three boys on Wednesday and arrested them the next day after they admitted to the crime, police said.
The three are being held at a Riverside County juvenile facility pending a decision by the district attorney's office on what specific charges they will face.
The victim's cousin, Marquavis Pryor, told KTLA on Thursday that he heard the boys involved were some of his little brother's friends. "It hurts a lot," Pryor said. "It's not right."
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