3 arrested, charged in girl's rape
By Jason Kandel, Staff Writer L.A. Daily News Nov. 23, 2004
CANOGA PARK -- Three men were arrested in connection with the rape of a 13-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled, off-campus "ditch" party, police said Tuesday. Jesus Gomez, Juan Carlos Barajas and Adam Mata -- all 18 and identified as associates of the Canoga Park Alabama gang -- were suspected of being part of a group of males who gang-raped the Canoga Park High School girl last Thursday at Barajas' house. "She was unable to resist," said Detective John Alviani of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Sexual Assault Unit. "The males had sex with her against her will." After the assault, the assailants drove the victim to an apartment-complex carport in the 7000 block of Vassar Avenue, behind the school, and threw her out of the car. She was found by a tenant, lying unconscious and half-naked on the pavement. She was taken to a local hospital where she regained consciousness and gave descriptions of her attackers to police. Gomez is named in an injunction against the Canoga Park Alabama gang that bars him from hanging out with his associates, said Lt. Gary Hallden of the LAPD's West Valley Division. The suspects were arrested at a factory where one of them works, Alviani said. They have been charged with gang rape and are being held at the Van Nuys Jail. Bail ranged from no bail to $1 million. Earlier, police arrested a 16-year-old Canoga Park High School student in connection with the attack. Police were also searching for another teen.