MARTINEZ -- Speaking in a quiet, sometimes quivering voice, an East Bay woman recounted to a jury Tuesday what she described as a sexual assault by three West County men she met after exiting a San Francisco nightclub in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2010.
The woman, whom this newspaper is not naming because she claims to have been a victim of sexual abuse, said she was assaulted in a pickup truck parked on a San Pablo street, then left naked and bleeding to knock on doors seeking help.
Defendants Derrick Ware and Robert McNeally are charged with five felonies and several enhancements. A third suspect, Dameon Spragans, is being tried separately.
The woman, 26, said she and several friends went to San Francisco on Feb. 13, 2010, to visit a nightclub and spend the night at a friend's apartment in the city. Upon leaving Medjool sometime around 12:30 or 1 a.m., she testified, she decided instead to return to her East Bay home.
After she and her friend failed to hail a cab, they met the three men who offered to drive them to the East Bay in McNeally's pickup truck in exchange for gas money. The woman, who admitted she had been drinking, said she had a gap in her memory from shortly after leaving the nightclub until the truck was on the other side of the Bay Bridge. She said she remembered thinking, "How did we wind up in this car?"
The woman's friend was dumped in Richmond after being punched in the head by Spragans. The woman and the three men continued to a dark road in San Pablo.
"I remember them harassing me, touching me and trying to do things," she said. "I kept pushing them off."
Once parked, the woman said, the men forcibly removed her clothes. When she resisted the assault, she testified, she was taken from the truck, and her head was smashed against the vehicle. Unable to see because of injuries to her nose and eyes, she said, she was put back into the truck, where she said the men -- primarily Ware and Spragans -- assaulted her for what "seemed like forever."
When the attack was over, the woman said, she either fell or was pushed out of the truck, which then departed. She knocked on several doors, she said, before a couple peeked out at her, called 911 and handed her a blanket.
The woman will complete direct examination and face cross-examination from the two defense lawyers Wednesday.
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