US man charged with kidnapping woman held for 10 years

Isidro Medrano Garcia (left) and his attorney Charles Frisco are seen in this close up of a monitor showing a jailhouse video court hearing in Santa Ana, California on May 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Isidro Medrano Garcia (left) and his attorney Charles Frisco are seen in this close up of a monitor showing a jailhouse video court hearing in Santa Ana, California on May 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US prosecutors charged a California man with rape and kidnap Thursday after his alleged victim came forward saying he took her captive as a teenager 10 years ago.

Isidro Medrano Garcia, 42, was indicted a day after police announced that the woman, now aged 25, had been found in a Los Angeles suburb where she had been sexually abused over a decade.

"Between August 2004 and April 2014, Garcia is accused of controlling Jane Doe by telling her that her family did not want her and was not looking for her," said the Orange County District Attorney's office.

"He is accused of threatening the victim that if she called the police to report him, she would get in trouble for using a false identity," it added in a statement.

The alleged victim, who was 15 when she was seized, was forced to marry her alleged captor, although neighbors in Bell Gardens, southeast of LA described them leading an apparently normal life.

"I see him every day, going to work, (saying) 'Hi, how you been?'" one unidentified neighbor told NPR radio, adding that the victim was able to drive a car.