Richmond High School, Richmond CA Gang Rape: Five Arrested
Manuel Ortega is already in custody for the rape of a 15-year-old girl outside the Richmond High School homecoming dance in Richmond California, but now five other people have been arrested.
Two adults and three juveniles have been arrested for what has been described as a two and a half hour assault outside the dance on the Richmond campus. Police expect to make further arrests as it has been reported that as many as 20 people were involved or stood around and watched while the rape took place.
Police posted a $20,000 reward Tuesday for anyone who comes to them with information that helps arrest and convict those involved in the alleged assault.
"We will be making arrests continually as we develop probable cause," Gagan said. "With this number of people implicated in the incident, we're going to be making arrests on an ongoing basis."
At least 10 people were involved in the rape that took place in a dimly lit alley behind the school and at least 10 people stood around to watch and did not call 911. It is illegal not to report a crime against a child, but that is only against children younger than 14. However, it is not illegal to view a crime against someone over 14 and not report it, but the question remains if the people standing around did just watch the crime or did they incite it by standing there for over two hours?
"We do not have the ability to arrest people who witnessed the crime and did nothing," Gagan said. "The law can be very rigid. We don't have the authority to make an arrest."
The Richmond School District does bear some responsibility for the attack as they weren't watching the area around the school like they were supposed to be doing.
The victim was left after the attack and was found unconscious under a bench just before midnight after police received a call from someone who had overheard people talking about the incident. The girl is now in stable condition in hospital, but for a while she was in critical.
Manuel Ortega, a former student at Richmond High School has already been arrested and will face charges of robbery, rape, and kidnapping. Police know that the girl was raped by at least four suspects committing multiple sex acts.
"As people announced over time that this was going on, more people came to see, and some actually participated," Gagan said
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