SANTA ANA –
A woman that had allegedly been kidnapped and held captive for 10 years by her mother’s boyfriend came forward Tuesday, revealing details to Santa Ana Police.
The woman, then 15, went missing in August 2004 with Isidrio Garcia, her mother’s live-in boyfriend. Garcia allegedly drugged the girl and assaulted her mother before taking the girl to a house in Compton, where he’s accused of locking her in the garage.
Police say that as time went on, the family had given up hope of ever seeing the girl again.
The girl said Garcia frequently assaulted her, both physically and mentally.
Garcia reportedly told the girl that he would have her family deported if she tried to go back to them.
She was eventually forced into a marriage with Garcia and the two had a child in 2012, police said.
Investigators say the woman, now 25, saw no way out of her situation and lived with the alleged abuse – even with the opportunity to leave.
Eventually, police say the woman contacted her sister through Facebook, who gave her the courage to come forward.
Garcia, 41, was arrested Tuesday and booked on charges of kidnap for rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment.