Oscar Ayala-Arismendiz, in his thirties, is accused of
repeatedly drugging and raping the woman and leading her around
a house in southern Idaho by a rope tied to her neck, Twin Falls
County prosecutors said.
A 27-year-old woman told county sheriff's detectives that
Arismendiz imprisoned her for 18 months in two separate houses
in a small farming community west of Twin Falls by keeping her
"drugged up on meth," and by beating her with a hammer or
threatening to chop her into small pieces and flush her down the
toilet if she tried to escape, according to legal documents.
The woman told authorities she broke free in early April with
the aid of her brother and three others, who used "force and
some deception" to extract her with only the clothes on her
back, according to court records.
She told detectives Arismendiz began mistreating her, raping her
and denying her access to the outdoors and others soon after she
began living with him.
He "forced her to smoke meth as much as two or three times a
week ... and often would place rope around her neck and lead her
around the house 'like a dog,'" a Twin Falls County detective
said in a sworn statement.
Detectives who searched Arismendiz's home reported "numerous
chains and locking devices mounted on walls and lying in various
rooms," boarded windows and a wiring system designed to deliver
"a high level of electrical current" to anyone who sought to
escape, according to legal documents.
Arismendiz, who prosecutors said is an illegal immigrant, was
jailed on Wednesday on $1 million bond on first-degree
kidnapping, rape and drug charges.
(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Mohammad Zargham)
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