D.A. to meet with Gonzalez family

Ryan Johnson

San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said on Oct. 20 that she plans on personally meeting and speaking with the family of slain City College student Diana Gonzalez, 19.

Dumanis has been under fire since Gonzalez’s slaying for not stating why multiple charges were not filed against Gonzalez’s estranged husband, Armando Gabriel Perez, 37. Gonzalez had reported to San Diego City College police about a month ago that Perez kidnapped, raped and assaulted her over a three-day period.

“I will work with them,” Dumanis stated during a press conference. “I will talk with them. I have dealt with many victims over the course of over 30 years and I know the pain that they feel. I feel it.”

The press conference was held to inform the public of the plan to increase early interventions in domestic violence cases.

Gonzalez’s reports were investigated and Perez was initially arrested and booked into jail. He was released after 4 days when Dumanis deckined to file charges. Less than three weeks later, Gonzalez was killed in the men’s restroom at City College and Perez, now charged with her murder, is believed to be hiding out in Mexico.

Dumanis has repeatedly said she does not publicly comment as to why charges were not filed in any particular case, but she wants to be clear that she understands the family is upset and wants answers as to why their daughter’s assailant wasnt charged.

“I (will) work with them to answer all their questions in a confidential setting where they can ask anything they want, where their child’s memory is preserved and where the public doesn’t have to air out what happened in a particular case,” Dumanis explained.

City Times attempted to reach out to the Gonzalez family for comment, but calls were not been returned by press time.