California man, 41-year-old Isidro Garcia, has been charged with one felony count of forcible rape, three felony counts of lewd acts on a minor, and one felony count of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense after being arrested during a traffic stop on Wednesday.
His arrest on those charges came after the daughter of his former girlfriend went to police and told them of her abduction in August of 2004. The woman now 25, told police that she was just 15 years old when she was taken by her mother’s boyfriend. The woman told police that she had left her home in 2004 after her mother’s boyfriend attacked her mother. She said she took refuge at a park nearby. It was said that Garcia had followed the girl to where she was hiding, gave her some pills, after which he woke up about 25 miles from home in a garage in Compton.
The woman stated that Garcia began sexually assaulting her three months prior to her abduction.
Since that time in 2004, it was found that the woman had married her kidnapper, after which, she had a daughter with him.
The alleged victim told police that Garcia provided her with false identification and also made her work with him at a nighttime janitor service so that he could keep an eye on her. She also told police that they had moved four times in the past decade to avoid discovery and that she had been beaten after two occasions when she attempted to escape.
Garcia’s neighbors are confused with the allegations, saying that the couple always seemed to be happy and were seen many times kissing and holding hands. Neighbors also said that the alleged victim took time off from work during her pregnancy and after the child was born was consistently seen unaccompanied as she took her daughter to the park, stores, markets, and other public places. Friends of the two state that the woman even had her own vehicle which her husband gave her that she used unaccompanied all the time.
Neighbors also pointed out that the woman, if she was held against her will, could have gone to the police at any time as there was a station just around the corner.
The couple also kept a nanny to care for their daughter. That nanny told investigators that she knew the two for about five years and could not believe that Garcia could have committed such a crime and said that the two seemed to be a happy couple.
Attorney for Garcia, Charles Frisco, said that the woman was never held against her will and that Garcia treated her “like a queen.”
Garcia was working as a forklift driver at the time of his arrest, his wife worked at another location. Prior to going to the police, the woman reached out to her sister on Facebook then also went to see her mother.
Authorities contend that this is not true and that Garcia used violence and threats to keep the alleged victim under control. They also state that Garcia forced the woman to marry him and have his child.