Two people were arrested on an aggravated kidnapping charge after San Angelo Police responded to a call of an unknown problem in the 4800 block of North Chadbourne Street and found a woman with her wrists bound behind her back with electrical cords and rope.
According to an arrest affidavit, Richard Michael Castaneda, 31, and Aurora Sarai Del Toro, 26, were arrested on probable cause of intent to inflict bodily injury, abduct another person without their effective consent.
When the officer arrived on the scene, he found the victim with her wrists bound tightly behind her back with electrical cords and ropes, causing her hands to swell and causing bodily injury to her wrists.
The affidavit states the victim said she believed the suspects were in a travel trailer located behind her residence. A perimeter was then established around the travel trailer.
Speaking with the victim, the officer was told the victim was assaulted by a man she referred to as “Magic Mike” and his girlfriend after being confronted because they believed she had taken the suspect’s wallet. She told the officer that her wrists were tied behind her back and her ankles were also bound.
The officer observed what are described in the affidavit as “deep ligature marks” on the wrists and ankles of the victim, consistent with being bound. The victim told the officer that both suspects continuously assaulted her by striking her in the face and that the male suspect choked her repeatedly to the point of unconsciousness. Contusions to the side of her face were consistent with being struck repeatedly, according to the documents.
The victim then told the officer that the suspects told her that they were going to kill her and get rid of her body, causing her to fear for her life. She said the offense took place inside her home.
A release from the San Angelo Police Department said detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene. Initial attempts to make contact with the occupants were unsuccessful but after several hours of negotiation, both suspects, identified as Castaneda and Del Toro, exited the trailer along with a three-year-old girl.
The child, who was allegedly present during the incident, was taken into custody by Child Protective Services, according to the SAPD.
Castaneda’s bond was set at $100,000. Del Toro’s was set at $50,000. A court date for both is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.