“That’s the way I took the pants off the girl I had sex with,” Silva remembered him saying.
The phone numbers Ramirez had written on his bill traced to Esparza’s Pomona College dorm room, and to her family’s house in Santa Ana.
Esparza told one other person: Her ex-boyfriend Gianni Van.
Esparza and Van had started dating the previous August.
After he wrestled her pants off, she stopped trying to fight.
“I figured it will be better for me if I pretend that, um, I’m going along with it,” she told the police. Esparza went the next day to see a college nurse and got a morning-after pill.
Reyes rushed to help his friend, but the second man got out of the van and came toward him.They met at the clothing store where Esparza was working for the summer when Van came in to pick up an order.He was the 25-year-old assistant manager of a shoe store in nearby Costa Mesa and had an interest in fashion design. Esparza and Van went on dates to the beach and the movies, seeing each other a few times a month until February, when Esparza broke up with him.“I kind of just blanked out.” Afterward, Esparza cried into her pillow. She told the nurse she’d been “date raped,” but the nurse, according to what Esparza told investigators, didn’t suggest making a police report.Neither did a professor Esparza said she talked to about the rape, when she burst into tears as she tried to explain why she’d missed a deadline for class.The police spoke to Ramirez’s brothers, who told them he had three girlfriends, as well as a wife and two daughters in Mexico.But when the police interviewed the women, they turned up nothing suspicious.She told him she could go if her sister, Juana, and her friend, Nancy Luna, came too.Afterward, Ramirez offered to drive Esparza and Luna the 25 miles back to Pomona, and they said yes.Thinking he had a gun, Reyes turned and ran down the block for help.He found a security officer at a nearby Motel 6, but by the time they made it back to the intersection, Ramirez, the two men, and the van were gone.