Four Suspects Charged in Rape of California Lesbian

Josue GonzalesTwo men and two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape in December of a 28-year-old lesbian, Richmond police said Jan. 1. The case is being handled as a potential hate crime.

Three suspects were taken into custody on Wednesday, and the fourth suspect, Josue Gonzalez, 21, known by the nickname “Pato,” turned himself in Jan. 1 after authorities issued a $1 million arrest warrant, describing him as armed and dangerous, police said. Gonzalez walked into the Richmond police headquarters with his mother, stepfather and girlfriend just 10 minutes after police finished a midday news conference about their pursuit of Gonzalez, authorities said.

Apparently, the widespread publicity about the case was a factor in Gonzalez’s surrender. The family “saw all the coverage on the news and got so many calls from the family, they came down to the station,” said Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan.

Gonzalez, who immediately told police he wanted a lawyer, was being held on a $1 million arrest warrant on suspicion of his involvement in the alleged rape and kidnapping.

On Wednesday, Richmond police arrested a 15-year-old boy and 31-year-old Humberto Hernandez Salvador at their Richmond homes. The 15-year-old was booked on suspicion of felony counts of sexual assault, kidnapping and robbery, Gagan said. Salvador, who authorities described as the ringleader in the incident, was arrested on suspicion of felony kidnapping to commit a sex crime, carjacking, rape, gang rape, as well as on suspicion of violating probation and committing felonies while on probation.

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