The parents of a 15-year-old girl have been charged with a hate crime after they allegedly kidnapped and hurled racial epithets at a teen they found hiding in her closet, authorities said.
A 17-year-old boy went to California's San Bruno police to report he had been hit, tied up and threatened by adults while visiting his girlfriend about 2:30 a.m., according to a statement from the department.
The suspects include the girl's mother, 46-year-old Haydee Arguello, and her stepfather, 46-year-old Wilfredo Amaya. The adults allegedly yelled racial slurs during the beating, causing the boy, who is African American, to fear his race was "a motivating factor in the attack," police said.
The girl's biological father, 49-year-old Luisandor Suarez, arrived later at the home and joined in the attack, police said.
All three were charged with kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and committing a hate crime, police said. They were being held without bail. Child protective services have taken custody of the daughter.