Man Arrested For Holding OC Teen Captive And Sexually Abusing Her For A Decade
Santa Ana police arrested a 41-year-old man accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl, holding her captive and sexually abusing her for a decade.The unidentified victim, who is now 25, told the police her harrowing story on Tuesday after she gained the courage to contact her sister on Facebook, according to a statement from the Santa Ana Police Department. Her mother had reported her missing in August 2004.
Her alleged captor, Isidro Garcia, was arrested today on suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd act with a minor and false imprisonment.
The victim's mother, who had been dating and living with Garcia back in 2004, said he assaulted her, and then he went missing with her daughter. The mother had suspected he had been sexually abusing her daughter.
The victim told police that Garcia had been sexually assaulting her for a few months before the kidnapping when he lived with her mother and sisters located at 811 S. Fairview in Santa Ana. She said the day her mother was assaulted by Garcia, he drugged the teen, took her to a house in Compton and locked her in a garage. He gave her falsifying identity documents and told her in the ensuing months that her family had given up on searching for her. He warned that if she tried looking for her family, he would get them deported. They moved around during that decade and they worked together at a night cleaning service.
She said he forced her into marriage in 2012 and they have a child together.
"Even with the opportunity to escape, after years of physical and mental abuse, the victim saw no way out of her situation and lived a life with Garcia under sustained physical and mental abuse," according to the police statement.