California man charged with kidnapping, holding victim for 10 years
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 01:45
May 22 - Accused of abducting a 15-year-old girl and holding her captive for 10 years, Isidro Garcia was charged with rape and kidnapping but his lawyer says accusations are false. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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After a horrific decade, a woman abducted when she was 15 years old has been found alive -- after escaping this suburban Los Angeles apartment.
Now 25-years old, she told detectives she was kidnapped by her mother's boyfriend at the time.
Isidro Garcia was charged with rape and kidnapping. And made his first court appearance in Orange County on Thursday.
The woman told police she was forced into marriage in 2007, was sexually assaulted and gave birth to his child in 2012.
But Garcia's lawyer says the young woman went with him willingly.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHARLES FRISCO, DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR ISIDRO GARCIA, SAYING:
"As all of the witnesses in this matter have said, he treated her like a queen. He was devoted to her. He did what she wanted. She was happy. She had her own car. She had her own job. He never hit her. Nobody ever saw him hit her. Nobody ever told her that she has to go somewhere, or that she has to do something. He was a good, loyal and honest father, as well as husband."
The whole story is shocking to neighbors.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) NEIGHBOR, XOCHITL CASTILLO, SAYING:
"That's weird. We never -- I would have never imagined it. Yeah, because she's a really close friend of his. And our neighbor right there - she was a baby-sitter for the little girl."
A spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's office said the woman has been controlled by her captor, despite having opportunities to escape.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FARRAH EMAMI, ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S SPOKESWOMAN, SAYING:
"We need to keep in mind that this is a victim who has been held against her will for ten years. She's been convinced that she's alone and this is her only ally, and she was in a very difficult situation, and the fact that she found the courage to come forward is wonderful."
But Garcia's attorney suggests her accusations were prompted by marital problems.
Garcia's bail is set at $1 million and he did not enter a plea on Thursday. He was ordered back to court in June.
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