Snapchat saves teen rape victim in California from additional abuse

Suspects Albert Thomas Vasquez (right) and Antonio Quirino Salvador in their booking photos. (San Jose police photo)

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California cops believe Snapchat saved a 14-year-old rape victim from further abuse and led to the arrest of her three alleged assailants.

The teen girl was drugged, which left her incapacitated, and raped after being kidnapped last week in Capitola, Calif., allegedly by 55-year-old Albert Thomas Vasquez, according to a San Jose police statement.

After the girl was drugged, the suspect called two friends, 34-year-old Antonio Quirino Salvador and 31-year-old Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga, and the trio allegedly moved the victim to a car. There she was allegedly raped before being driven to a motel.

The traumatized and drugged teen was able, after being raped a second time, to contact friends via her Snapchat app and tell them she had been abducted.

“The victim used her Snapchat account to notify friends she was kidnapped and did not know her location,” Sgt. Enrique Garcia said, according to the New York Post. “The victim’s friends determined the victim’s location through the Snapchat app and called 911.

“Arriving officers made contact with the suspect as he exited a motel room and discovered the victim inside.”

Vasquez is facing a number of charges, including kidnapping to commit rape, digital penetration with a child with force, false imprisonment and rape by intoxication or controlled substance and being held without bail. The other two men have been charged with kidnapping and conspiracy, with Salvador being held on $150,000 bail.

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