SoCal man arrested for kidnap, rape, imprisonment of teen for 10 years

Isidro Garcia pleaded not guilty to one count of rape, one county of kidnapping with intent to rape, and three counts of lewd acts on a child. (KABC)

A Bell Gardens man has been arrested for kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment after his victim contacted police after 10 years of forced detention.

Isidro Garcia, 41, allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in August 2004 while he lived with her mother in Santa Ana. Garcia allegedly assaulted the girl's mother, then drugged the teen and took her to a house in Compton, locking her in the garage.

The girl's mother reported her missing and suspected Garcia of sexually abusing her daughter, but she had no evidence.

Garcia procured falsified identity documents for the girl, and told her that her family wasn't looking for her and would be deported if she went back to them.

Police said the teen tried to escape at least twice but was caught and beaten by the suspect.

He moved residences several times with the girl to avoid police detection, according to Santa Ana Police. Garcia arranged for the two of them to work in a night cleaning service together so he could closely monitor her, police said.

The victim saw no way out of her situation with Garcia, police said, and she was forced into marriage in 2007. She had a child with Garcia in 2012.

Recently the victim found her sister on Facebook and gained the courage to contact police.

Bell Gardens Police responded to a domestic violence call at their residence on May 19 at about 4 p.m. Police interviewed the female, and she told them she was abducted 10 years prior. Bell Gardens Police contacted the Santa Ana Police Dept. about the story. Police tracked down the suspect, made a traffic stop and took Garcia into custody.

Garcia was held on $1 million bond.

The victim told police that in June 2004 while she was living with her mother and sisters in Santa Ana, Garcia began sexually assaulting her.
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