Three Arrested In High Profile California Rape Case

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) -- One man and two teens have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a woman last month in the San Francisco Bay area while allegedly taunting her for being a lesbian, police said Thursday as they searched for a fourth suspect.

Officers arrested 31-year-old Humberto Hernandez Salvador at his Richmond home Wednesday night, Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan said. The suspect is being held without bail on gang rape, kidnapping and carjacking charges.

Police also arrested a 15-year-old Richmond boy and a 16-year-old Hercules boy Wednesday. Their names were not released.

Investigators are still seeking 21-year-old Josue Gonzalez, who had prior addresses in San Rafael and Richmond, on a $1 million warrant for gang rape, kidnapping and carjacking, police said. Gonzalez was called by the nickname "Pato" during the attack and is considered armed and dangerous, Gagan said.

Detectives say the 28-year-old victim was attacked Dec. 13 after she got out of her car, which bore a rainbow gay pride sticker. The alleged attackers made comments indicating they knew she was a lesbian, police said.

Authorities have characterized the case as a hate crime. Police said the victim lives openly with a female partner and had the rainbow flag sticker on her car.

The 45-minute attack started when one of the men approached the woman in the street, struck her with a blunt object, ordered her to disrobe and sexually assaulted her with the help of the others, according to detectives.

When the group saw another person approaching, they forced the victim back into her car and took her to a burned-out apartment building. She was raped again inside and outside the vehicle and left naked outside the building while the alleged assailants took her wallet and drove off in her car, police said.

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  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 5, 2009 at 12:33 AM
    This case of rape shouldn't be treated different from any other. The people found guilty should be prosecuted to the FULL extent of the Law, and beyond. There are other women that are brutally attacked that are not lesbian. They should recieve the same attention as this woman that was identified as being gay. There is NO reason whatsoever for a person to be attacked such as this. My thoughts go out to every woman that has been a victim of violent crime.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 4, 2009 at 03:54 AM
    Doubt the hate crime law will be pushed here. This was one protected special group victimizing another.
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Jan 2, 2009 at 09:33 AM
    Everybody should be able to live their life as they wish so long as they don't legally deter someone else from living theirs. No one deserves this, gay or straight. We live in a crime riddled society where criminals immediately have more rights than their victim upon commission of the crime. I hope i live to see the day when decent people can be trusted to take a more active approach to crime prevention without fear of prosecution themselves.
  • by Buzz Location: No where near a rainbow on Jan 1, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    This ladies lifestyle is totally abhohrant.With that said, no one deserves to have anything like this done to them. I concider myself as right-wing as one can be. I'll let God do the judging, because I'm not qualified. Jesus told the group that was accusing the harlott, (whore by today's vocabulary) that he who was without sin to cast the first stone, they all walked away. I hope these little thugs go away for a really, really long time. Buzz-
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 1, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    I admit that I am as much against gays displaying thier affection for each other out in the open as muchas anyone. People and thier kids should not have to see it in my opinion.But I do not agree with this attack on this woman. If these guys are found guilty, they should all (including the 15 year old punk)get at least 25 years in the worst prison LA has to offer.Then it would be justice served. If anyone has seen the Charles Bronson movie called Kinjite Forbidden Subjects, they will know what I mean.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Jan 1, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    I'll be the first to comment on this. These horrible animals will never be prosecuted enough to atone for this horrendous act of violence. Wonder if they're illegal aliens by their names. We probably took care of them from birth and this is how they repay society by attacking an innocent woman who dared to live openly gay. Before my fellow conservatives start talking about this, remember this could be your daughter, sister or niece. I hope she receives the care and support she will so desperately need. God bless you and keep you. Yes, christians, God does love everyone. Alpha, what is your take on this story?

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