MARTINEZ -- A woman kidnapped from her Richmond neighborhood and gang raped in 2008 testified Thursday that the lead attacker made numerous comments about her sexual orientation during the ordeal and told her was going to "set her straight."
"He kept insisting and asking whether or not I liked men," the victim, who is a lesbian, said tearfully through a Spanish interpreter at the trial of admitted Richmond gang member Humberto Salvador, 36.
Salvador faces life in prison if convicted of 15 felony charges, including a hate crime enhancement that alleges he targeted the proud gay woman in part because she is a lesbian.
The woman can't identify her attackers, but the prosecution said DNA evidence and Salvador's palm print in the victim's blood is among the evidence that will prove he was the man who raped her before directing two teenager wannabes to his gang to join in the assault.
In her first public testimony since the Dec. 13, 2008 attack, the woman said she had just returned home from her restaurant job when a Hispanic man ran up, demanded her money and car keys and then struck her twice in the head with a large metal, Maglite-style flashlight.
She showed jurors the scar that runs half the length of her skull, where blood was gushing out as the man forced her to strip naked on the sidewalk.
"I thought he would kill me," she said. "I was scared."
He sexually assaulted her on the sidewalk before bringing her to her own car. Three other men joined them, and "the man with the flashlight" directed the driver to what he called "a place to have fun," she said.
In an abandoned carport near the BART tracks, the "man with the flashlight" continued to sexually assault her.
"See, you like boys. Tell me you like boys," she testified that he said. After he was finished assaulting her, she said that Salvador called over two of the men from the car. Prosecutor Melissa Smith said those were teenagers Darrell Hodges and Robert Ortiz. Hodges, now 20, took a plea deal and was sentenced Tuesday to 24 years for his part in the attack. Ortiz, now 20, is awaiting trial.
"He told them something like, it was their turn," the victim said.
After the attackers abandoned her in the carport, the victim said that she raced out on to the street and hid her nude and bloodied body between cars. Finally, she saw a house with the light on. She came in the front door without knocking, and the shocked residents there called 911.
Testimony continues Thursday.
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