A 17-year-old Long Beach boy allegedly solicited help from two female teens to repeatedly assault his pregnant girlfriend in hope of forcing her to miscarry, prompting felony charges against the trio.
Angel Contreras was charged — as an adult — with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and one count each of kidnapping and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
He allegedly planned with Claudia Rodriguez, 18, and Candy Patricio, 19, who were both facing the same six felony counts as Contreras.
The two women allegedly accosted and punched Contreras’ girlfriend in the stomach on March 4, as she was walking to his home, the prosecutor said.
Then, less than three weeks later, the unidentified girlfriend was attacked as she exited a bus. Rodriguez and Patricio unsuccessfully tried to drag the victim into a car, but a witness prevented the girlfriend from being kidnapped, according to the prosecutor.
Contreras, who was on the bus with his girlfriend, had allegedly alerted the other two suspects to their location so that the women could attack the victim.
Long Beach police investigated the case, the DA’s office said in a news release.
Contreras, Rodriguez and Patricio were scheduled to be arraigned Monday but the hearing was postponed till May 31.
The DA’s office did not provide any information on the health of the victim or her fetus.