Hollywood, US -- Three men have been charged in the rape of a woman who had fallen asleep on Hollywood beach, police said Thursday.
The woman had been sitting on the sand when she dozed off. She woke up about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to find one man holding her down while another tried to rape her, said Hollywood police spokesman Capt. Tony Rode.
''She was very courageous and didn't go down without a fight,'' Rode said of the woman, who is in her 30s.
During the struggle, the woman found a piece of broken glass in the sand and slashed one of the attackers several times in the face and chest, police said. He stopped and the other man released her, but then a third man appeared and raped her, Rode said. When the woman tried to resist, he punched her in the mouth.
After the attack, the men ran south on the beach. The woman found a couple strolling along the shore and they called police. Rode said police found the three suspects on the beach, north of Hollywood Boulevard. They ran away after being told to stop, but police caught up with them, and the woman identified them as her attackers.
Arrested were Hever Ramos, 26; Cesar Luis Amador, 26; and Armando Moncadaramos, 20. They were taken to the Broward County Jail.
Rode said the woman was brave to fight back, but warned that is not always the best option, especially if the attacker has a weapon.