Three charged in rape may be in country illegally

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

There is new information concerning a Harlan County rape case.

Police arrested Ismale Lopez, Marcos Lopez, and Gustabo Salinas and charged them with the rape and kidnapping of a 13 year-old girl.

"They were unable to produce any type of documentation, any type of legal documentation, no IDs," said Mike Nunley, Lynch Police Chief.

The men were picked up at a home in Gray's Knob, where the girl was also found.

Neighbors said there was a party at the home before police found the victim.

But now Ismale Lopez is out of jail. He apparently told authorities he was a juvenile.

We knocked on the door of the home Thursday, but nobody opened it.

The county attorney's office would not comment about anything concerning charges Ismale Lopez is still facing or why he would have been released.

Authorities plan to contact immigration services since they believe the three did not have any legal documents.

"To indicate who they were, if they were here legally or not, their ages, or anything," said Nunley.

Neighbors in the area said they are shocked and hope the community will get answers soon.

"They did not give any trouble as far as I know," said J.B. Engle, a neighbor.

The commonwealth's attorney's office would not comment on the case either.

It is the policy of WYMT-TV to not identify the name of rape victims.

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