Man arrested after California woman, captive 10 years, found alive

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CBS) - A woman who was 15 when she disappeared 10 years ago from her California home has contacted police and said she was held against her will for years.

The Santa Ana Police Department said Wednesday that it has booked her captor, 41-year-old Isidro Garcia, on suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment.

Police say Garcia forced the victim into marriage in 2007 and they had a child in 2012.

CBS Los Angeles reported the now 25-year-old victim said that in 2004, Garcia had been dating and living with her mother.

In June of that year, he allegedly began assaulting the girl, who was 15 years old at the time. Two months later, Garcia allegedly assaulted the girl's mother, then proceeded to drug the victim before driving her to a house in Compton, where he locked her in a garage.

Over the coming months, police say he provided the girl with fake identification and used physical and emotional abuse to prevent her from fleeing.

CBS Los Angeles reported that Garcia kept a close watch on the teen girl throughout the years, even moving homes at several points to avoid getting caught.

Garcia secured two jobs for them on a night cleaning crew so he could keep watch over her, police said said.

He repeatedly told the victim her family had given up looking for her and that if she tried to go back to her family, they would be deported, police say, according to the station.

The woman, came forward to police this week after finding her sister on Facebook.

Garcia's arrest comes just over a year after kidnapping and rape victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, three women who'd gone missing separately about a decade earlier while in their teens or early 20s, were rescued from a house in Cleveland. Their captor, Ariel Castro, hanged himself in prison in September 2013 at the beginning of a life sentence plus 1,000 years.


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