California woman found 10 years after kidnapping

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GILLIAN FLACCUS
Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A woman who was 15 when she disappeared 10 years ago from her California home contacted police and told them she was held against her will for years, sexually assaulted repeatedly and had a child with her captor, authorities said Wednesday.

Police have arrested Isidro Garcia, 41, of Bell Gardens, on suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment, according to a statement from the Santa Ana Police Department.

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In 2004, when the victim was 15, Garcia was dating her mother and lived with the family, authorities said. The mother suspected that he was sexually abusing her daughter, police said. In June 2004, Garcia assaulted the mother, drugged the girl and then fled with her to a house in Compton, locking her in a garage, the statement said.

Garcia provided the girl with false identification and used physical and emotional abuse to prevent her from fleeing, police said. Garcia repeatedly told the victim that her family had stopped searching for her and that they would be deported if she tried to leave, the statement said. They also moved frequently to avoid being found, police said.

Police say Garcia forced her into marriage in 2007 and they had a child in 2012. Garcia secured two jobs for them on a night cleaning crew so he could keep watch over her, authorities said.

The woman, now 25, came forward to police after finding her sister on Facebook, and told her story to officers on Tuesday, police said.

It wasn't clear if Garcia, who has not been formally charged, had an attorney. The case has been presented to the Orange County district attorney's office for consideration.

His arrest comes just over a year after kidnapping and rape victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, three women who'd gone missing separately about a decade earlier while in their teens or early 20s, were rescued from a house in Cleveland. Their captor, Ariel Castro, hanged himself in prison in September 2013 at the beginning of a life sentence plus 1,000 years.

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