News - February 17, 2010

Gang member arrested, suspected of raping Menlo Park girl

An Inglewood gang member has been arrested on suspicion of raping a runaway girl from Menlo Park and holding her against her will, according to an article posted on the Los Angeles Times' Web site.

Kevin Escobar, 20, was arrested Wednesday night, Feb. 10, by Los Angeles police detectives, the Times reported. He befriended the girl and brought her to Venice Beach, plying her with drugs and alcohol, the Times quotes LAPD Detective Kurt Wachter as saying.

The detective said the 14-year-old girl ran away from her Menlo Park home on Jan. 7, and was reunited with her family Jan. 30. Menlo Park police said they could not comment on the investigation.


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