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Teen Accused Of Recruiting Women To Attack His Pregnant Girlfriend

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A Long Beach teen is accused of enlisting two women to beat his pregnant girlfriend until she miscarried. Angel Contreras, 17, was charged as an adult on Tuesday with two counts each of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder, and one count each of kidnapping and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, according to a release from the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.

Contreras is accused of conniving with Claudia Rodriguez, 18, and Candy Patricio, 19, to violently force his pregnant girlfriend to miscarry. On March 4, Rodriguez and Patricio allegedly punched the woman in the stomach as she walked to his house.

Several days later, the two women allegedly tried to kidnap the girlfriend as she got off a bus. A bystander stopped the women before they could drag the victim into a car. Prosecutors allege that Contreras was on board the bus with his girlfriend at the time, and told the women where to meet them.

Both women have been charged with the same charges as Contreras. The trio will next appear in court on May 31.

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While the victim's identity and age have not been released, D.A. spokesperson Sarah Ardalani told the Press Telegram that she is a legal adult. She was 13 weeks along at the time of the attack, and neither she nor her unborn child sustained any lasting damage.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Long Bach Police Department's Violent Crimes Detail at 562-570-7250.