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911 tape released in Bay Area gang rape

A female tells the dispatcher that 'we're scared' to approach the scene but that 'nobody wants to call the cops. So we decided to call.'

November 06, 2009|Robert J. Lopez

As attackers gang-raped a 15-year-old San Francisco Bay Area student, a female called police and said the victim was "naked" and "probably intoxicated" and that witnesses didn't want to alert authorities, according to a copy of the 911 tape released Thursday.

"Nobody wants to call the cops. So we decided to call," said the female, who identified herself as Maggie.

The victim was repeatedly raped, beaten and robbed Oct. 24 after she left a homecoming dance at Richmond High School -- a crime that sparked outrage and focused national attention on the city northeast of San Francisco.

The ordeal lasted two to 2 1/2 hours and was witnessed by more than a dozen people who did nothing, police said.

Six people -- three adults and three minors -- have been charged with rape, sexual assault, robbery and kidnapping in connection with the assault, authorities said.

Richmond police said Thursday that the investigation was continuing and that more arrests could be made.

"We know there were more people back there [with the victim] than we have spoken to," said Lt. Mark Gagan.

The caller was with an unidentified male as she spoke to authorities. Near the beginning of the 911 call, which lasted 65 seconds, the dispatcher asked about the victim's location:

Dispatcher: "Is she on the school property?"

Caller: "She's in the back by the dumpsters."

Dispatcher: "Is she saying anything?"

Caller: "She's probably intoxicated because she's naked."

Dispatcher: "Is she black or white?"

Caller: "We haven't seen her. We heard that from two of our friends. We didn't want to go back there because we're scared."

Dispatcher: "Do we know if there's anybody around her?"

Caller: "People who've passed by there have seen her, but nobody wants to call the cops. So we decided to call."

Dispatcher: "How old do you think she is?"

Caller: "They say she was, like, a ninth-grader, like about 15, 16."

Dispatcher: "What's your name?"

Caller: "Maggie."

Dispatcher: "OK, Maggie. We'll get someone out there."

When officers arrived, the girl was still being assaulted, authorities said. Several suspects fled the scene.

Gagan said investigators were still waiting for physical evidence to be analyzed but were hoping that it would help develop more leads. "We still have a lot more work to do," he said.


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