4 Busted in 'Hate Crime' Rape of Lesbian

Tips from outraged San Francisco area led to suspects
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2009 3:30 AM CST
Humberto Hernandez Salvador, 31, has been named b y police as the alleged ringleader of a gang that raped a lesbian. He is being held without bail.   (Richmond Police Department)
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(Newser) – Police have arrested all four suspects in the Bay Area kidnapping and gang rape of a lesbian last month that police have deemed a hate crime, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The two adults and two teenagers face charges including felony kidnapping to commit a sex crime, carjacking and gang rape. The attackers taunted the victim about her sexuality before raping her and dumping her naked outside a building, according to investigators.

Two of the suspects surrendered at police stations, accompanied by their families. The other two were arrested at their homes. Bay Area police credited the widespread publicity the case received and a community effort for producing tips that led to the suspects and persuading one alleged attacker to turn himself in. The victim is recovering, and a rape crisis center has started a fund for her relocation expenses.