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Police arrest two on torture charges
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Salvador Rendon



A Turlock couple has been booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on allegations they tortured a 24-year-old man.

Salvador Rendon, 42, was charged with torture and assault with a firearm. He was also placed on an immigration hold. Martha Ferguson, 35, was charged with torture and assault with a firearm.

Few details about the case have been released as detectives are looking into the possibility of additional suspects.

The 24-yeaar-old man contacted the Turlock Police Department on April 19 and reported that he had been tortured two days prior on April 17. An investigation was initiated and detectives were able to obtain search and arrest warrants.

Investigators, accompanied by members of the Special Weapons and Tactics team, served both warrants at a home in the 1300 block of E. Linwood Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

At the home investigators found evidence that corroborated the victim’s account of his ordeal.

Also at the home were three children, and a fourth was at school. All four were put into the custody of Child Protective Services, Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis said.

The details of the type of torture allegedly inflicted on the 24-year-old have not been released, though it is known it involved a gun. The victim did sustain non-life threatening injuries, Lewis said.

The victim and the two suspects were acquainted with each other prior to the reported incident, Lewis said.

Ferguson confirmed to investigators that she and Rendon are married. Ferguson remains in jail on a $500,000 bail. Rendon was not given a bail because of the immigration hold.

The Turlock Police Department asks that anyone with information about this case contact Detective Jason Tosta at 668-5550 ext. 6624. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip at CrimeStoppers at 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.