Kidnapping Victim Found Alive in California After 10 Years

On Tuesday, a 25-year-old woman who was allegedly held captive and sexually abused for nearly ten years escaped and contacted police. Isidro Garcia, 41, was arrested by Santa Ana, Ca. police on suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd acts with a minor, and false imprisonment.

From the Santa Ana Police Department's press release:

In August of 2004, a 15-year-old was reported missing to the Santa Ana Police Department by her mother. The mother reported that her daughter went missing along with her cohabitant boyfriend, Isidro Garcia, after a domestic violence incident. At the time, the mother suspected Garcia of sexually abusing her daughter; however she had no evidence to support this belief.

In August of 2004, after Garcia assaulted her mother, Garcia drugged the victim and drove her to a house in Compton. There, Garcia provided the victim with falsified identity documents and locked her overnight in a garage to prevent the victim from fleeing. Over the course of the following months and years, Garcia repeatedly told the victim her family had given up looking for her, and if she tried to go back to them, the family would be deported. The two moved on several occasions to avoid police detection. Garcia frequently physically and sexually assaulted the victim. Garcia arraigned for the two of them to receive employment at a night cleaning service, so he could keep a close eye on the victim.

Garcia allegedly forced the victim to marry him in 2007; in 2012, they had a child together.

The victim reportedly went to police shortly after contacting her sister on Facebook for the first time since she went missing.

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