Rape Witness: 'I'm No Snitch'

Attackers were 'kicking her in the head'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 11, 2009 5:02 AM CST
Two women who were identified as related to rape suspect Elvis Josue Torrentes, leave a Richmond, Calif. courthouse last week.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – An East Bay witness arrested, then released for lack of evidence, in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside her high school homecoming dance last month said he didn't report the attack because "snitching is something you don't do." Salvador Rodriquez, 21, said he watched as attackers kicked the victim in the head. "They were beating her up, robbing her and ripping her clothes off. It's something you can't get out your mind. I saw some pretty crazy stuff," he added.

Rodriquez approached the victim after the attack at Richmond High School to cover her with his T-shirt, he said. "She' was naked and I reached for her. She started screaming, and I said, 'Hey, I just want to help.'" Another witness told KGO that he watched the attack for 20 minutes and didn't call police because he didn't have a cell phone. "I don't feel like I have any responsibility for anything that happened," he said. Police believe the girl was attacked by as many as 10 young males while others watched.