Three people have been arrested after an undercover operation in Southern California went into reverse and led to the arrest of three men suspected of kidnapping, torturing and raping a woman and her family, authorities said.
The three were arrested Saturday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, about 40 miles north of San Francisco.
Authorities have not identified the woman who was abducted and was found in the house.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department also said Saturday that the woman was found dead in the home with her 3-year-old daughter in the bathroom.
Authorities did not provide further details.
In a news release, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Lt.
Joe Lopez said the case began when the woman, who is from San Francisco, was being interviewed by detectives in November about a sexual assault.
During the interview, she claimed she was assaulted at a home in Los Angeles by four men, who were later identified as three men she identified as members of a “small-time gang.”
Lopez said investigators tracked the three suspects to San Luis, where the victim and her mother were taken into custody.
A search of the suspect’s home turned up several other victims, all of whom were taken to hospitals, authorities added.
“The suspects are wanted for attempted homicide and other crimes in the San Bernardino area,” Lopez said in the release.
“All three of the suspects are being held in the Los Angeles County Jail.
Anyone with information about these crimes should call the Los Angelenos Violent Crimes Task Force at (800) 577-8477 or the California State Police Homicide Detail at (323) 639-2410.”
The investigation began in December when a woman reported to authorities that her husband had assaulted her, and the family was also questioned about a possible sexual assault at a friend’s home.
She also said she was raped in a house on the west side of the city.
The investigation led to a search warrant that led to Lopez’s arrest, authorities noted.
The suspect has been charged with attempted murder and kidnapping, as well as possession of a controlled substance and burglary.
The California Highway Patrol has assisted with the investigation.