Five Youths Held in 'Barbaric' Calif. Gang Rape
Victim knew one 15-year-old assailant, was drinking with them
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 28, 2009 11:44 AM CDT
Manuel Ortega, 19, has been charged with rape, robbery and kidnapping in connection with the assault of a 15-year-old girl following a Richmond High School homecoming dance.   (AP Photo/Richmond Police Department)
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(Newser) – San Francisco-area cops have arrested three more young men in the savage gang rape, beating, and robbery of a 15-year-old girl outside her homecoming dance while dozens more watched. Five youths are being held, ranging from a 15-year-old boy who knew the victim to a 21-year-old. The girl was drinking outside the dance Saturday night, reports the San Francisco Chronicle, and the group turned on her when she became drunk. Charges are expected today.

"This was a barbaric act. I still cannot get my head around the fact that numerous people either watched, walked away or participated in her assault," a Richmond cop tells the AP. "It's one of the most disturbing crimes in my 15 years as a police officer." Some students began transferring out of the school. "It's not safe there at all," said a 16-year-old girl. "I'm not going back."