La Villa street gang continuously raped young siblings - Police
Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:39:31 GMT —
Three young siblings endured months of abuse at the hands of a La Villa street gang before making an outcry to their foster mother.
The La Villa Police Department has two of the three men accused in custody, but are looking for the third.
On Thursday evening, they arraigned the latest individual arrested in connection to the case, Jazmin Zervantes, 19.
Municipal Judge Ignacio Lopez charged Zervantes with, "three counts for indecency with a child, four counts of continuous sexual abuse, two counts of aggravated sexual assault and a class one misdemeanor."
La Villa Lt. Daniel Kafka said Zervantes is one of three Sureo gang members accused of sexually abusing the three small children, ages 4, 5 and 6.
A second gang member, Jonathan Garcia, 19, is already in jail.
But the gang TMs leader, Jose Rostro, 23, is on the run.
"He would allow all the other guys to come over to the house and he would allow for [the children] to get molested," Lt. Kafka said.
He added that Child Protective Services first removed the children from their mothers care for neglect.
They placed the siblings with relatives in June 2011, but it was there that their nightmare supposedly began, according to Kafka.
Court and police documents stated the abuse went on until the children were finally removed from the home in early January 2012.
Those documents chronicle the explicit details of the abuse.
According to the documents, it happened not only at the temporary home the children shared with Rostro, but also at another home down the street.
But Rostro TMs family denies those claims.
"They are innocent, they did nothing wrong, Angelina Rangel said.
She raised Rostro and lives at the home where the abuse allegedly happened.
"It TMs a lie because I would always be looking after them, the children, she added.
Rangel added that she never noticed any signs of abuse going on inside her home.
However, Lt. Kafka said they would continue investigating the case and prosecuting all three men.
The children remain in foster care and are receiving counseling for the abuse at Estrella TMs House.Meanwhile, La Villa Police continue searching for Jose Rostro, who also goes by the nicknames Shorty and El Toro.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the La Villa Police Department at (956) 262-2122.