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Brutal gang rape in Richmond – media ignore the elephant in the room

Filed under: Uncategorized — aunursa @ 11:30 pm

Two adults and two teenagers were recently charged with the kidnap and gang rape of a 28 year-old woman in Richmond, Calif. last month.  The suspects allegedly assaulted the woman as she left her car at 9:30 pm on December 13.  According to police the men forced her back into her car, drove several blocks to a vacant apartment complex, and then raped her several times inside and outside the vehicle.  Afterward the men drove off in her car, leaving her naked by the apartment building. 

Since they are reported to have made disparaging remarks about the victim’s sexual orientation during the assault — she is openly lesbian and her car had a rainbow gay pride sticker — the case will be prosecuted as a hate crime.

While a few same sex marriage advocates are latching onto this story as a dire consequence of the passage of Proposition 8, I find more puzzling the media’s silence on the immigration status of the four suspects.  Charged with kidnapping, carjacking, and several sexual assault crimes are Humberto Hernandez Salvador, 31, Josue “Pato” Gonzalez, 21, Darrell Hodges, 16, and a 15 year-old being charged as a minor. 

It is possible that the four suspects are legal residents, even American citizens.  It’s also possible that they are illegal aliens.  We don’t know because the Bay Area media won’t touch the issue.  The San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News frequently print sympathetic sob stories about poor undocumented workers.  Yet the newspapers rarely publish stories that explore negative aspects of illegal immigration.*  (A notable exception was last summer; following the senseless murder of a family by a convicted felon, the Chronicle reported on San Francisco’s policy of protecting illegal juvenile felons.)  The question is especially relevent since Richmond, like many California communities, has proclaimed itself a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants.

Are they or aren’t they?  The media doesn’t think it matters.

* Patterico has frequently noted that the Los Angeles Times has exhibited a similar pattern.

Donations to help the victim pay for relocation expenses can be sent to Community Violence Solutions, 2101 Van Ness St, San Pablo CA 94806.  Phone (510) 237-0113 for information.


  1. Gang rape has got to be the most inhuman crime imaginable.

    Sheesh, I hate to live in a world where I’m grateful my wife has a gun and good sense.

    It’s despicable to agree to permit illegal immigration (for what? cheap labor and more customers?) when it’s a deportation is such an easy way to control some crimes. And Richmond won’t be a sanctuary city for long if these assholes were illegals. Richmond is not San Francisco.

    Comment by Joco — 1/9/2009 @ 12:02 am

  2. Here’s what struck me about the story. From the linked article:

    Some community members question if prosecuting the juveniles as adults is the right action to take.

    “It’s a hate motivated crime, so unfortunately it may satisfy an urge for vengeance,” said Jovida Guevara-Ross, executive director of Community United Against Violence, who hopes the prosecution will recognize that the youths allegedly involved in the attack were being led by adults.

    “I would hope that prosecutors would look at that there were two adults with them who were leading the attack, from all accounts,” Ross said.

    What? Any excuse to go easy on a vile criminal? C’mon. 15 is more than old enough to know that attacking someone is wrong. Battery and rape are not “juvenile” crimes. I am sick of these apologists. Jovida should be in jail with these creeps.

    Comment by Ira — 1/9/2009 @ 1:43 am

  3. Just give me one of these, and a locked room with these animals…

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 1/9/2009 @ 6:23 am

  4. I always like being reminded that some people deserve more protection by the law than others.

    Comment by Buzz Killington — 1/9/2009 @ 6:55 am

  5. Another undiscussed issue is the whole concept of Hate Crimes. The only working definition of a Hate Crime is that some liberal doesn’t like what you did, but being powerless little schlubs, Liberals want the justice system to pile on for them.

    Comment by PCD — 1/9/2009 @ 7:19 am

  6. Stuff like this is why most gay people are nervous whenever they’re outside of areas which they assume to be safe.

    Comment by aphrael — 1/9/2009 @ 10:01 am

  7. I seems pretty clear that the crime was motivated by animus towards the woman’s orientation, but how in the hell do you tag this on Prop 8 with a straight face? Richmond is in Alameda County, one of the strongest “no” counties in California. And frankly, as of today the hardcore “no” on 8 people are much more worked up over the issue than the hardcore “yes” on 8 people.

    Comment by Sean P — 1/9/2009 @ 10:38 am

  8. Someone please connect her to PinkPistols; with four now angry males, and their kin and friends, to deal with, she need more than a restraining order.

    Comment by htom — 1/9/2009 @ 11:22 am

  9. Sean–

    But don’t ya know? All Prop 8 supporters are rednecks and Klansmen. OK, Klanspeople. At least this is how the press portrays them, and this is just more of the same.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 1/11/2009 @ 1:11 pm

  10. “The only working definition of a Hate Crime is that some liberal doesn’t like what you did”

    Sounds like you’ve done a lot of research on this.

    Comment by imdw — 1/11/2009 @ 2:17 pm

  11. A columnist in the Oakland Tribune acknowledged: “Proposition 8’s passage had nothing to do with attack on woman”.

    Comment by aunursa — 1/11/2009 @ 2:48 pm

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