In an incident reminiscent of the 2009 gang rape at Richmond High School, two teenaged girls are currently recovering after police say three boys raped them in a Richmond park.
The Alvarado Area of Wildcat Canyon Park is a quiet idyllic place. But late last Friday night, the peace was shattered for the girls.
“They have suffered a traumatic incident. And these young ladies are very strong. And they’re doing everything that can to recover,” said East Bay Regional Parks Police Lt. Jon King.
Investigators say the girls, ages 14 and 17, were here with three boys they know and that the group was drinking alcohol. At some point, the investigators say girls passed out.
“When they woke up, they realized they had been sexually assaulted,” King said.
Regional Parks Police arrested the boys on Wednesday, but gave few details beyond their ages: 15, 17 and 17.
“They’ve been booked into the Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall in Martinez for a variety of charges related to the incident including rape, rape in concert, oral copulation and conspiracy,” said King.
KTVU learned from other police sources that one of the boys attends Richmond’s Kennedy High School and the other two are students at Gompers Continuation High School.
“When we go into the schools, and we talk to students, we will have young girls come up to us and say this is a situation that happened to them,” says Linda Turnbull, Executive Director of Teen Esteem.
Turnbell compared the incident to the 2009 gang rape of a 15-year-old girl at Richmond High School and said this kind of incident is common in every community.
“It is not ok to take advantage of somebody who is not in a position to think clearly and make decisions for themselves. And no means no,” she said.
In this incident, police say they’re waiting for toxicology reports to determine if any drugs, such as roofies, were used. At this point, it’s unclear if the boys will be charged as adults.