Santa Ana, Calif. • A woman who was 15 when she disappeared from her California home a decade ago has contacted police and told them she was kidnapped by a man who sexually assaulted her, forced her into marriage and fathered a child with her, authorities said Wednesday.
Police have arrested Isidro Garcia, 41, on suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment, according to a statement from the Santa Ana Police Department.
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 fled with her to a house in Compton, locking her in a garage, the statement 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; 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 came forward to police after finding her sister on Facebook and told her story to officers Tuesday, police said.
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