Third Man Arrested in Rape of 11-Year-Old

Police: No Evidence of Gang Connection

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    A third man was taken into police custody Friday for the rape of an 11-year-old girl in Silver Spring, Md. 

    Rogelio Mondragon, 39, is charged with one count of second-degree rape. He is being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center.

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    Two other suspects were arrested Tuesday night, not long after the attack happened, according to police.  Melquicide H. Sorto, 31, and Marcos R. Torres-Enriquez, 20, are being held on $1 million dollars bond.

    The suspects approached the girl on Tuesday afternoon, hours before the attack, in the area of Carroll Avenue and Piney Branch Road, police said.

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    "Two Hispanic gentleman approached her; started talking to her, started speaking to her in Spanish," said Dan Friz, of Montgomery County Police. "She does not speak Spanish; didn't understand what they were saying so she walked away from them and went home."

    At about 8 p.m., the girl was at a park near Quebec Terrace when the Sorto and Torres-Enriquez used force, grabbing her by the arms and taking her to a home on Carroll Avenue, police said.

    She was released after being raped, but she remembered things about the house, and soon after she told her mother and police arrived at the scene, the girl was able to identify her attackers, and police were able to apprehend two of them a short time later.

    Neighbors concerned about the little girl and the shocking violent act against her, held a vigil and rally Thursday night.  They say the vigil is a call to action to build a safer neighborhood.

    Police say they have no evidence that the attack on the girl is gang-related.