But the teenager said the adults had tied him up with ropes, attacked him and called him a racially motivated attack.
Parents are now being charged with hate crimes and other crimes including kidnapping, assassination with a deadly weapon, and criminal threats According to police in the northern California city of San Bruno. The girl's mother and stepfather, Haydee Arguello and Wilfredo Amaya, both 46 from San Bruno, and their biological father Luisandor Suarez from San Francisco, 49, were jailed last week.
The Washington Post could not reach Amaya, Arguello or Suarez on Monday, and it's not clear if they have lawyers. According to the court records, the three are held without bail.
The boy visited the 15-year-old girl early Thursday morning when members of her family arrived and "got angry and started attacking the victim." San Bruno Police Lieutenant Ryan Johansen said in a statement. They held him with ropes, continued to attack the teenager and threatened to kill him, police said.
The suspects, who are all Hispanic, used racist swear words against the teenager, who is African American, Ryan said. The police did not name the suspected victim.
Finally, they let the boy go and he fled to seek treatment for life-threatening injuries.
Johansen said the police have carried out an execution warrant for the house in which the alleged attack took place and gathered evidence. The San Bruno police did not respond to mail requests on Monday.
The children of the suspects have defended the actions of their parents. Katherine Gomez, an older sister of the 15-year-old girl, told ABC 7 that the boyfriend beat her mother.
"Then, of course, my stepfather will not let anyone beat his wife," said the sister, who remembered coming out of her room on Thursday morning after hearing the argument. "They tried to stop him, and he was very violent, so they grabbed a rope to tie him up and ask him why he was in the house." Boy.
The ability of people to use force to protect themselves is highest in their homes, said Californian defense lawyer Ambrosio Rodriguez to the post office. You have the right to shoot an intruder in your house in the middle of the night, while in public you can only react to someone with "reasonable and appropriate" force, for example, beat by beat. But the heart of the San Bruno case, he said, is whether the parents acted with real fear of a stranger or recognized the boy's relationship with his daughter and decided to teach him a violent lesson.
Comes into your house, you have the right of restraint. You have the right to use lethal force, "he said. "But the problem here is … if they did it for sadistic reasons."
A neighbor who lives a few doors down, Jorge Flores, said he heard a boy scream in pain, reported ABC 7.
Hate crimes According to a report from the California Center for Hate and Extremism Research this month published, they are more common throughout the country. The total number of hate crimes rose in 2018 for the fifth consecutive year, rising 9 percent in 30 major US cities.
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