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8th suspect held in gang rape of 11-year-old in Moreno Valley

Michael Sykes, 19, and six male juveniles allegedly raped the girl in a park bathroom March 10. A teenage girl was also arrested. The attack is believed to be gang-related, authorities say.

March 29, 2011|By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times

Moreno Valley police arrested the final suspect Monday in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl.

Michael Sykes, 19, was arrested about noon at a residence in Moreno Valley, said Cpl. Courtney Donowho, a Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. He had not been booked into jail as of Monday afternoon.

Six male juveniles had previously been arrested and booked in Riverside County Juvenile Hall on charges of sexual assault on a child. A teenage girl who allegedly helped lure the victim to the scene of the rape was also arrested.

The suspects allegedly raped the girl March 10 in a bathroom at Victoriano Park.

According to a police statement, the suspects are believed to be associated with a local gang, and Donowho said police believe the rape was gang-related.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Det. Duke Viveros of the Moreno Valley Police Department at (951) 247-8700.

abby.sewell@latimes.com

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