Hate Crime Rape Suspects Plead Not Guilty

This from the Associated Press:

Three suspects in the alleged gang rape of a lesbian woman in Richmond pleaded not guilty Thursday and are likely to remain jailed until a judge decides whether there’s enough evidence to put them on trial.Lawyers for Humberto Hernandez Salvador, 31, Josue Gonzalez, 21, and Darrell Hodges, 16, entered the pleas to charges that include kidnapping, carjacking, gang rape and sodomy in the Dec. 13 attack.

Salvador also was charged with committing a hate crime, and his lawyer said he was also pleaded not guilty to that.

A 15-year-old boy also accused in the attack has been charged as a juvenile in the case, but prosecutors are reviewing whether to charge him as an adult, like they did with Hodges.

Authorities say the woman was taunted for being a lesbian during the 45-minute assault, which started as she was walking to the Richmond apartment she shared with a partner and their 8-year-old daughter. Besides being beaten and sexually assaulted in the street, the woman was forced back into her car and assaulted at an abandoned apartment building where she was left without clothes, according to police.

Police and prosecutors credit the arrests to tips from people in Richmond.

The case also has sparked protests and an outpouring of support for the woman, who turns 29 on Friday and has been too traumatized to go back to her apartment or use her car.

“It’s really a multilayered situation. She got beaten pretty bad and has a major medical situation around that, and she can’t work. Suddenly they are relying on one income that was not that much to start with,” said Tallon Nunez, a Bay Area resident who has been raising money for the woman and acting as her spokeswoman.Salvador, Gonzalez and Hodges remain jailed on bails ranging from $1.9 million and $2.2 million, and are due back in court in March.

My note:

A trust fund has been established for “Jane Doe” by Community Violence Solutions (formerly Rape Crisis).

Find it in your heart to contribute to this fund.

Make checks payable to “Community Violence Solutions.”
In the memo portion of the check, please write “Richmond Jane Doe.”

Checks can be sent to this address:
Attention: Ms. Jo Ann Douglas
Community Violence Solutions
2101 Van Ness Avenue
San Pablo, CA 94806

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