Friday , April 19 2024

16-Year Old Held Captive in Car, Beaten, and Severely Beaten

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A 16-year old Avenal girl is in the hospital tonight after Hanford Police say she was found severely beaten and forcibly raped for five days, allegedly by her 19-year old boyfriend Eddie Perez. Perez was taken into custody on Saturday night, according to Hanford Police.<br /><br /> Police said the girl was found in a car at an apartment complex on the 600 block of East Malone in Hanford on Friday afternoon around noon by a person who lives in the building.<br /><br /> Investigators believe Perez, who is also from Hanford, used a vehicle tire iron to beat the girl. They said the girl suffered severe injuries to her arms and legs, and Perez also tied her up to the car.<br /><br /> Albert Martinez, the man who found the girl and called 911 said on Saturday night, &quot;She was screaming like she was hurt. So, it didn’t sound normal.&quot;<br /><br /> Martinez said when he found the 16-year old girl, the first thing he thought was, the girl is someone’s daughter.<br /><br /> &quot;Goodness, that could have been my daughter. She was a kid herself. She was only 16-years old, so if you put that into perspective, that could be anyone’s daughter, anyone sister,&quot; Martinez.<br /><br /> Martinez said when he found the girl on Friday afternoon in Perez’s grey Chevy Malibu, she was topless and so severely beaten she couldn’t walk.<br /><br /> He, &quot;She was beaten to the point where she looked like she had tattoos on her legs and her arms, how badly bruised that they were.&quot;<br /><br /> Sgt. Justin Vallin said, &quot;Perez only left her alone in the car when he would go out for food and water.&quot;<br /><br /> Vallin said Perez would bound the girl’s arms and hair to the interior of the car, and forced her to use the restroom in the car. He called the girl courageous for yelling for help.<br /><br /> According to Hanford Police, the girl has broken bones and has undergone surgery for her injuries.</div>

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