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* Salvador Rodriguez Arrested For Gang Rape In Richmond Plus Two Others

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Richmond police arrested three more suspects Tuesday night in connection with the two-and-a-half-hour gang rape of a 15-year-old girl during Richmond High School’s homecoming dance Saturday night, bringing the total number of arrests to five, Lt. Mark Gagan said today. Police arrested 21-year-old Richmond resident Salvador Rodriguez, a 16-year-old San Pablo boy and a 17-year-old Pinole boy, Gagan said.The first arrest came shortly after the attack when police apprehended 19-year-old Manuel Ortega, a former Richmond High School student, as he allegedly ran from the scene of the assault.Then on Monday, investigators pulled two students out of class at the high school and brought them in for questioning. One student was released, but the other, a 15-year-old San Pablo boy, was booked on one count of sexual assault.Detectives were scheduled to meet with prosecutors from the district attorney’s office today about the case. They have until 5 p.m. today to file charges against Ortega, Gagan said, and until Friday to file charges against the three suspects who were arrested Tuesday.At least three of the five suspects attended Richmond High School, Gagan said, and all five were arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.Detectives are continuing to interview witnesses and now believe that between seven and 10 people were involved in robbing, beating and sexually assaulting the victim, a Richmond High School student, in front of as many as a dozen onlookers.Police received a call reporting the incident at about 11:50 p.m., Gagan said. He said investigators believe the attack began around 9:30 p.m. and lasted nearly two and a half hours. The victim left the dance, intending to get a ride from her father, police said. Instead, a classmate beckoned her to a secluded corner on the north side of campus, where a group of people had gathered to drink, Gagan said.After drinking a large quantity of alcohol, the victim became inebriated and members of the group began assaulting her, police said. When police arrived and broke up the activity, the victim was airlifted to a hospital and is in stable condition. Four Richmond police officers and several school administration members were providing security at the dance, but didn’t know the attack was going on, West Contra Costa Unified School District spokesman Marin Trujillo said.Richmond police are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the attack, Gagan said. The school board has relocated a safety subcommittee meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight to Richmond High School. The meeting will be held in the high school’s library and will include discussions on campus safety and safety measures for events during non-school hours, Trujillo said.Richmond High School has also organized a meeting for parents Saturday at 10 a.m. in the school gym to discuss the attack and address concerns.The school board is also seeking bids for plans to install digital security cameras on campus, and build a fence around the perimeter, Trujillo said. While initial plans did not include a camera in the alleyway where the attack took place, “I’m pretty sure they are going to be looking at that area now,” Trujillo said.

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