SANTA ANA, Calif. - Seven gang members and three female associates were charged Monday with raping a woman as the mother of one suspect allegedly watched and encouraged the assault, authorities said.
The 23-year-old victim was targeted because her boyfriend had angered members of the Anaheim gang, authorities said. The woman was lured into a hotel room by a female gang associate at a Feb. 23 party and sexually assaulted over a seven-hour period, Anaheim police Chief John Welter said.
Each defendant, including the mother, was charged with multiple counts of forcible rape in concert and related charges. Those arrested were being held on $100,000 bail each, with arraignment expected Friday. Authorities called it one of the worst rape cases they could recall.
Authorities identified the 38-year-old "gang mother" as Connie Herrera Retana and her son as 18-year-old Martin Carlos Delgado. Police said the victim was lured into the room and beaten by 23-year-old Jolean Disbrow.
Along with Retana, Delgado and Disbrow, those arrested were identified as Jesse Bess, 23; Randy Calderon, 18; Keizzy Fierro, 22; Adrian Flores, 18; Raymond Jaramillo, 19; Luis Nava, 19; and Gilbert Ortiz, 15. One suspect, identified as 19-year-old Oscar Jose "Sporty" Barajas, remained at large.