RICHMOND, Calif. — Police believe as many as a dozen people watched a 15-year-old girl get beaten and gang-raped outside her high school homecoming dance without reporting it.
Two suspects were in custody Monday, but police said as many as five other men attacked the girl over a two-hour period Friday night outside Richmond High School.
"She was raped, beaten, robbed and dehumanized by several suspects who were obviously OK enough with it to behave that way in each other's presence," Lt. Mark Gagan said. "What makes it even more disturbing is the presence of others. People came by, saw what was happening and failed to report it."
The victim remained hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Manuel Ortega, 19, was arrested at thescene and was being held on $800,000 bail for investigation of rape and robbery. He is not a student at the school.
Richmond police Sgt. David Harris said he did not know if Ortega had retained an attorney.
A 15-year-old student also was booked late Monday on one count of sexual assault, Gagan said.
Police said the girl left the dance and was walking to meet her father for a ride home when a classmate invited her to join a group drinking in the courtyard. The victim had drank a large amount of alcohol by the time the assault began, police said.
Officers received a tip about a possible assault on campus and found the girl semi-conscious near a picnic table. source
I don't get it. Do we not have any empathy for each other anymore? How can something like this happen and people do absolutely nothing to help this young girl? I'm pretty sure there are going to be people who say that had she just met her father this would have never happened, but who gives a damn. It's not her fault that some savages thought to take advantage of her. We are always quick to blame these "hot-tail" girls, but yet no one thought to help her. Obviously, someone thought it was assault because he/she called it in. So if one person thought it was assault I'm pretty sure there were others who though the same.
What have we become when people can stand idly by and watch a person being raped and do absolutely nothing? We are losing our humanity and its sad.