Last week, police searched the North 63rd Street address and found an ID and benefits cards belonging to the woman who reported the Nov.11 assaults, plus handgun ammunition and a loaded magazine for a handgun.Another woman, 17, told police she had met "Kels" via an app called Tagged on Nov. She described a similar scenario of being picked up then blindfolded and threatened from behind, taken somewhere and walked up some stairs before she, too, was assaulted repeatedly by at least three men while she was blindfolded.A 19-year-old woman had gone to police a couple days after she met Kels via the same app on Nov.Boss told her not to turn around once she was let go or they would kill her.
"Every law enforcement agency in the county wants individuals to disassociate themselves from the gangs and the activity that landed them on the civil injunctions," Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter said.
"People who are genuinely taking steps to be a lawful, contributing member of our community shouldn't be punished by a civil court order that might be stopping them from getting a job, connecting with their relatives or moving on with their lives," Stephan said.
"We worked closely with our law enforcement partners to identify people who might qualify for removal while at the same time making sure we're continuing to protect the public from those who still engage in gang-related crimes and activities." To qualify for removal from the lists, a person must: — not have a conviction for a violent felony over the past 10 years; — remain out of custody and have no criminal convictions for the past five years (excluding minor traffic violations); — have not participated in any activity "that demonstrates continued loyalty to, or membership in a criminal street gang for the past five years." In total, 42 percent of people across 20 injunction lists were removed, with the lists covering former members of a dozen different gangs, according to the DA's office.
All three assaults took place at Harris' residence, in the 5300 block of North 63rd Street, according to the complaint, and all three victims were able to identify the defendants from photo arrays.
The men face various charges of first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping.