A Turlock man was taken into custody Friday on allegations he kidnapped and tortured a woman for five months, including repeatedly locking her inside a dog crate.
The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against 22-year-old Frank Deodulo Guerra IV, charging him with kidnapping, battery with serious bodily injury and battery on a spouse or cohabiter.
Guerra has entered a not guilty plea to the charges and is being held without bail.
According to the court documents, the alleged abuse took place between Aug. 1, 2015 and Jan. 4, when the victim was able to get away. The victim reported the abuse to the Turlock Police Department and later obtained a voicemail from Guerra allegedly implicating himself in the abuse.
The victim accuses Guerra of keeping her in a dog crate for hours at a time while he went off to work, and inflicting torture upon her that resulted in a “traumatic condition” according to the criminal complaint.
The kidnapping charge against Guerra stems from at least one occasion that he forcibly took her to some other location within Stanislaus County. The district attorney’s office could not elaborate on the incident.
Guerra has a pretrial hearing set for Friday.