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Contributed by Liz Baca
An 11-year-old girl gang raped last month in a Moreno Valley park was developmentally disabled, with the mental capacity of a five-year-old, newly released court documents reveal.
A Moreno Valley police search warrant obtained Friday also showed that at least part of the attack by a man and six boys was videotaped on a cell phone and that the victim had been lured to the park from a nearby middle school.
The girl was able to identify one of her attackers by his tattoos, and she was able to identify the older girl who lured her to the park from Vista Verde Middle School, according to the warrant. Police initially said she was lured from a shopping center.
According to police, the older girl met the victim in front of the middle school and led her to a shopping center and then to the park. Butler told detectives that Hull grabbed the girl by the arm as he led her with the other boys into the men’s restroom.
The boy who recorded the rape was later arrested. He was laughing and joking while questioned by officers, according to the warrant.
He denied he was a gang member. Other suspects said he was bragging about videotaping the gang rape on his phone.
The girl reported the attack to police at a shopping center about 9 p.m. She was given a rape examination and was found with several injuries. She first identified Sykes through a photo lineup when she recognized tattoos on his arms and shoulders.
Five other warrants were served April 7 at various homes in Moreno Valley in connection with the attack.
Police have said the Southside Mafia gang was started in Moreno Valley and that it has a history of burglaries, marijuana sales and physical assaults.
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