TWIN FALLS, IDAHO — An Idaho man is accused of keeping a woman as a sex slave for 18 months in a home that was boarded up and booby trapped with electrical wire, authorities said.
Oscar Ayala-Arizmendi, 36, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, rape and possession of a controlled substance, according to the (Twin Falls, Idaho) Times-News. Bail was set Wednesday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court at $1 million and likely will be moved to 5th District Court.
The 27-year-old woman escaped April 8 from a house in Buhl, a town of about 5,000 residents, and made a report April 26 after she was arrested on a drug charge and in jail, authorities say. The victim is not being identified because of the nature of the accusations.
She told police that Ayala-Arizmendi forced her to use methamphetamine, sometimes held a gun to her head, beat her with a 2-by-4, and often placed a rope around her neck to lead her around the house like a dog. The suspect moved her to two houses in the town and raped her multiple times.
She tried to escape several times, which resulted in additional beatings, and was able to get out successfully only with the help of her brother and three other people, Detective John Koning of the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
The suspect also threatened to “cut her up into small pieces and flush her down the toilet” if she attempted to leave the house, according to police documents. But at times, three or four, she told police that she was allowed to leave the house but would then return under the threat of harm or death.
Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs said Thursday that following the woman’s report, police worked for the next 2½ weeks to collect enough evidence to make the arrest.
Buhl, about 15 miles west of Twin Falls and 120 miles southeast of Boise, is better known for trout fishing than sex crimes. Officials reported two rapes to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System in 2012, the most recent year available, and had not had any reported rapes in 2010 or 2011
Idaho Copycat Of Ariel Castro? Man Accused Of Keeping Sex Slave For 18 Months
A man in the town of Buhl, in south central Idaho, stands accused of keeping a woman imprisoned as a sex slave for 18 months.
The 27-year-old woman says that Oscar Ayala-Arizmendi, 36, would lead her around the house with a rope tied around her neck as if she were a dog, and that he forced her to use methamphetamine.
According to published reports, the man was living in the U.S. illegally.
The alleged victim was able to escape from her captor on April 8, according to testimony published on the Times-News of Twin Falls.. Her identity is not being released because of the nature of her claims.
The woman, who was arrested on April 26 on a drug charge, informed police that Ayala-Arizmendi raped her multiple times during her imprisonment in two homes.
Ayala-Arizmendi allegedly would threaten her with a gun and told her he would “cut her up into small pieces and flush her down the toilet” if she tried to escape, police documents state.
Despite that, the woman said, she did try to escape three or four times and was brutally beaten for her effort. She also claimed that he struck her many times with a hammer or a 2×4.
The woman was only able to escape at last with the help of her brother and at least one other man.
After April 26, the police investigated her claims and got a search warrant for Ayala-Arizmendi’s house.
During the search police found chains and locks mounted on the walls and floors, a handgun, ammo and a wire system both inside and outside the house that may have been intended to shock a person trying to get out.
Officers spotted Ayala-Arizmendi with a glass pipe that he threw into the bathtub. It contained meth.
He was arrested and charged on Wednesday for felony rape, 1st degree kidnapping and possession of a controlled substance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 23.
Buhl Woman Held as Sex Slave for 1½ Years, Raped and Beaten, Detectives Say
TWIN FALLS, Idaho • A Buhl woman was repeatedly raped, beaten and held against her will for 18 months in a home that was boarded-up and booby-trapped with electrical wire, Twin Falls County sheriff’s detectives said Wednesday.
Oscar Ayala-Arizmendi, 36, is charged with felony rape, first-degree kidnapping and possession of a controlled substance. His bail is $1 million.
Chains and locks were mounted to the walls in Arizmendi’s home, and a large wood and metal gate kept the woman trapped in his bedroom at night, detectives say.
She told detectives she had escaped with only the clothes on her back after dark April 8 with help from her brother.
Arizmendi was arraigned Wednesday in county Magistrate Court.
Detective John Koning’s report gives this account:
The 27-year-old woman told detectives April 26 that Arizmendi had beaten and raped her multiple times, starting at a home along U.S. 30 in Buhl, then continued at another residence southeast of town.
She said Arizmendi kept her “drugged up on meth,” making her smoke it once or twice a week while she was held against her will. He often placed a rope around her neck and led her around the house “like a dog.”
He also had beaten her with a hammer and a 2-by-4 “more times than she could count” and boarded his home’s windows and doors to prevent her from escaping When she did try to escape, she was beaten again. Arizmendi also held a pillow between her head and a 9mm handgun, threatening to shoot her, she told detectives.
At night, he would lock them in the bedroom together with a metal gate fastened and locked to the inside of the bedroom door. She told detectives that she was forced to use a wastebasket as a toilet at night.
She believes she left the home three or four times over the past six months. Deputies photographed a bruise on her leg, which she said happened the day she escaped.
Tuesday, deputies served a search warrant at Arizmendi’s home and saw him throw a glass pipe into a bathtub, Detective Travis DeBie reported. Residue in the pipe tested positive for meth.
Koning found many chains and locks mounted to walls and on the floors of several rooms, and he found a 9 mm handgun with a box of ammo.
A framework of wood and heavy metal mesh, with bent nails holding the mesh in place and metal hinges, was just inside the bedroom door. The interior door jamb appeared to have been modified to accommodate the gate.
Detectives also found a metal waste can with urine in it.
The home’s exterior doors were rigged with chains and locks, and an electrical wire system inside and outside the house was attached to electrical outlets. Detectives believe it was used to shock anyone who tried to escape. Several security cameras were mounted around the home, with monitors in Arizmendi’s bedroom.
Koning arrested Arizmendi about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at his home. A preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for May 23.