Officers say the Moroccan immigrants, some who were illegally in Spain, took advantage of the fact their victim was inebriated to force themselves on her with little resistance.
The victim told the officers she had been raped by a man behind the toilets at a shopping center. She said she was then attacked by another man but managed to escape.
However, investigators found CCTV footage showing that she had actually been raped by four men. A fifth man then tried to force himself on her an hour or so later while she was passed out.
A spokesman for the Civil Guard, which arrested the four men aged 26 to 32, spoke to The Sun about the case: “Four Moroccans aged between 26 and 32 have been arrested on suspicion of crimes of sexual assault and sexual abuse at a shopping centre in the south of Gran Canaria.”
“The victim told officers the same day of the attack that she had been taken to the back of some toilets and raped,” he said. “After that first attack, she said a second man had come up behind her and tried to rape her whilst grabbing hold of her but she struggled with him until he managed to flee.”
“Investigators managed to obtain CCTV footage which showed the victim’s ordeal had been worse than she thought and five men had sexually attacked and abused the tourist.”
“Officers discovered evidence showing the first attacker isolated the victim who was under the influence of drink and despite showing and saying she didn’t want sex, he forced himself on her,” he went on.
“After this first episode, three men took turns to sexually abuse the tourist, taking advantage of the amount of alcohol she had consumed.”
“They then left her lying on the ground for more than an hour until a fifth man appeared, who like the others tried to sexually abuse the victim, who on this occasion came round and tried to fight off her attacker for more than two minutes until she managed to flee.”
Police are still on the hunt for the fifth man.