Vallejo teens arrested for rape, pimping developmentally disabled woman

Vallejo police arrested a 19-year-old woman and her 18-year-old cousin Tuesday on charges relating to the pimping and rape of a developmentally disabled woman, the Police Department reported.

Suspect Della Silva, a Vallejo resident, was identified as a suspect in a 2007 case involving a 14-year-old victim, according to police.

Silva's then boyfriend was also identified as a suspect in the case. Silva was allegedly involved in the pimping and pandering of the victim, the Police Department reported.

Police continued an investigation into Silva when, in January, a 19-year-old developmentally disabled woman alleged that Silva's cousin raped her and that Silva had forced her into acts of prostitution with strangers, according to police.

Police served a search warrant at Silva's Vallejo home Tuesday, arresting Silva and turning her 21-month-old daughter over to Solano County Child Protective Services, according to the Police Department.

Silva's cousin, San Francisco resident Dwayne Fitch, was arrested a short time later in Napa, Vallejo police reported.

During interviews with police, Fitch allegedly admitted to taking part in the rape of the 19-year-old victim, police reported. Fitch also reportedly described how Silva allegedly sought out clients for the victim and drove the woman to meet the clients and engage in sex acts in exchange for money, according to the Police Department.

Both Fitch and Silva were booked into Solano County Jail on charges of pimping, rape of a person with a mental disorder, sodomy, lewd and lascivious acts, and conspiracy, the Police Department reported.

Investigators reportedly believe that additional victims operated under the alleged prostitution ring, police reported.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Vallejo police Detective Cpl. Les Bottomley at (707) 648-4533.

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