Police arrested three suspects in the kidnapping, beating and sexual assault of a woman in Riverside.
The attack happened in 2009. The victim told police three men attacked her as she rode her bike near the Publix in Riverside. She told police the men hit her and, as she tried to pedal away from them, they caught up and pushed her to the ground. The victim told police the attackers sexually assaulted her and forced her to give them oral sex.
Four years later, a DNA profile matched up to 19-year-old Stanley Armitage, who had been on probation for an armed robbery in Oregon.
Detectives traveled to Oregon with an arrest warrant. They arrested Armitage on charges of kidnapping and sexual battery.
The interviews led to the identification of two other suspects, 19-year-old Martin King and 23-year-old Rakeem Mitchner.
King and Mitchner are also facing kidnapping and sexual battery charges.
After hearing about the crime, business owners in the Riverside area raised a $5,000 reward in 2009 in hopes of getting the suspects off the street, but the case soon grew cold.
Four years later, some people do not remember the heinous crime that rocked the neighborhood dotted with local shops and restaurants, but that does not mean the women of Riverside are not careful.
“I definitely carry pepper spray with me at all times,” said one Riverside woman who has lived in the area for three years.
She feels safe going to and from her car, but said she would not walk around by herself at night.
“Riverside has come a long way, (but) there are certain blocks of Riverside that are rougher than others,” she said.
Another woman said she runs through the neighborhood almost every morning, but never by herself. Even though she did not know about the rape in 2009, she said she always tries to be careful wherever she goes.