The attorney for the man accused of kidnapping a Santa Ana girl when she was 15, raping her and holding her captive for 10 years vigorously denied the charges this week, questioning why the now 25-year-old woman would wait until now to come forward.
In August 2004, Garcia kidnapped the girl after she left her mother's apartment, prosecutors said. Police say Garcia then obtained false papers from Mexico changing the girl's birth date and forced her to marry him. A few years ago they had a daughter.
Maria Reyes, who lived downstairs from the family, said she had known them for five years. Garcia and the woman would go on trips to Fresno and to local theme parks with their young daughter, she said.
"I don't believe it, it doesn't make sense," Reyes said. "They were a very tight couple, she wouldn't do anything without his approval and vice versa."
It all ended, authorities say, when the woman contacted her sister on Facebook last month and gained the courage to leave.
During a brief interview with KABC-TV, the woman said she was too scared to seek help during the last 10 years.