8 Arrested in Gang Rapes of Young Girls Lured From Social Networking Sites
Most of the suspects are gang members.
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7:42 PM EDT, June 7, 2011
SANTA PAULA, Calif. (KTLA) -- Police have arrested eight people in connection with the gang rapes of two girls allegedly lured from social networking sites.
Seven suspects were arrested without incident Friday in Santa Paula and Ventura, according to Santa Paula Police Department officials.
An eighth suspect was arrested Sunday.
The suspects, most of whom are gang members, are facing a variety of charges ranging from rape to kidnapping, according to police.
In a news release Monday, police identified the suspects as Esteban Oseguera, 18; Isaac Ek, 19; Joseph Sandoval, 18; Jonathan Gaona, 20; Dion Mendoza,19; Carlos Ek, 21; Adrian Garcia, 19, and a juvenile, all of Santa Paula.
The juvenile defendant has been charged with "rape while victim is asleep," among other offenses, according to a news release.
The suspects are accused in two separate assaults which occurred in March and April.
In each incident, some of the suspects met the victim on a social networking site and lured her to a home in Santa Paula where she was raped by several men, Santa Paula police Sgt. Ismael Cordero told the Ventura County Star.
Cordero says the victims were picked up and brought to the residence by one of the suspects and provided with alcoholic beverages and "who knows what else."
No further details have been released on the incidents.
The suspects are being held on bail ranging from $200,000 to $1 million.