- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Police in Austin, Texas, arrested two Mexicans and held them on immigration detainers, after a 13-year-old girl came forward last week and claimed she was gang-raped by up to 13 men.

Arrested were Juan Lozano Ortega, 25, and Edgar Derardo Guzman Perez, 26, police say, the Examiner reported. Both were charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, and incarcerated in the Travis County Jail on immigration detainers, the Examiner reported.

The girl was a runaway from the Settlement Home for Children. She was picked up on June 29 by three men of Latino descent and taken to an apartment complex and raped by a group of men, police said, in the Examiner. Police report there were up to 13 attackers, and some cheered and videotaped during the incident.

Court documents say the attack went on for hours, into the early June 30 morning. The girl was then dumped in a nearby neighborhood and told “to find somewhere to go,” court documents say, the Examiner reported.

Police was able to track the two suspects they arrested using the location of cell phone call the girl placed to her foster brother.

Doctors examining the girl say her injuries are consistent with her claims, the Examiner reported. Austin authorities are seeking the identities of the other suspects.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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