With the help of some enraged teenagers, a Lodi man was arrested for allegedly raping a juvenile in the bathroom of Kofu Park on Sunday evening.
Donald Mack Bush, 26, was arrested after he reportedly lured a 13-year-old girl into a bathroom at the park and had sex with her, police said. He was apprehended after skaters at the park witnessed the act, stood up to Bush and chased him to Lodi Memorial Hospital, said Officer Shad Canestrino.
“They saw him and her in the stall together,” Canestrino said. “They didn’t stop it, but confronted him after, and the mob mentality took over.”
He was arrested inside the hospital’s waiting room around 6:30 p.m., according to police records.
The victim met up with Bush and a 23-year-old man at the skate park around 6 p.m., Canestrino said. She was going to meet other friends but ended up hanging out with Bush and the other man instead, he said. All three allegedly began to drink and smoke marijuana at the park before the incident.
After several beers, Canestrino said, Bush took the victim into the women’s restroom at the park and locked a stall door.
“They were said to be in there 25 to 30 minutes,” he said.
Witnesses to the act realized the victim was underage when they recognized her as a fellow middle school student, he said.
When it was finished, they confronted Bush and told him the girl was barely a teenager, Canestrino said. The crowd grew angrier and began chasing him down Ham Lane, police said.
Bush was contacted by police officers in the hospital and they said he later confessed to having sex with the victim.
“He admitted to having intercourse with her but said he thought she was 17 about to turn 18,” Canestrino said.
He faces charges of lewd acts on a minor, being older than 21 and having sex with a minor under the age of 16 and oral copulation on a minor younger than 14, according to the Lodi Police Department.
Bush was arrested for lewd acts on a child and raping a drugged victim. He is being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail.
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