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Ernie Castillo speaks to reporters outside Contra Costa Superior Court in Richmond, Calif. Thursday Oct. 29, 2009 after the arraignment of four males in the gang rape case of a 15-year-old Richmond High School student. Castillo represented 15-year-old Cody Ray Smith, who was the only suspect to enter a plea--not guilty. (Karl Mondon/Staff)
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RICHMOND — Richmond police arrested a sixth suspect Thursday evening in connection to a gang rape of a 15-year-old Richmond High School student outside of her homecoming dance Saturday.

Jose Carlos Montano, 18, was arrested about 5 p.m. near his San Pablo home in the 1800 block 16th Street, police Lt. Mark Gagan said.

Gagan said Montano played a "significant" role in the assault and police will request felony charges of rape, rape in concert with violence, penetration with a foreign object and a special enhancement requesting life in prison.

"The charges accurately reflect the severity of the suspect's actions," Gagan said.

He was booked at County Jail in Martinez and his bail was set at $1.3 million.

It was not immediately clear if the suspect was a student at the school.



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