Man arrested after woman claims she was held captive for months and tortured
Chino Hills, California: 59-year-old Peter Anthony McGuire is behind bars on charges including kidnapping, torture, mayhem, rape, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon after a woman escaped his home Thursday evening and contacted police.
The woman, 22, contacted San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputies on Thursday, June 9, at about 7:20 pm alleging that she had just escaped from McGuire's home minutes earlier where she had been held captive for six months.
According to her report, she had moved into the home earlier in the year but then had been held against her will, unable to leave. During her confinement, she told officers that she had been tortured, physically assaulted and raped.
Law enforcement said that the woman had physical injuries consistent with her allegations. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment where she is said to be in stable condition.
"Very soon after moving into the house she was not allowed to leave, she was held there against her will by him and at that point was subjected to multiple assaults," Mara Rodriguez, spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. "We have charges of sodomy and oral copulation, mayhem, and rape."
The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office announced that a total of ten felony charges have been filed against McGuire. At his first appearance in court on Monday morning he entered a plea of not-guilty.
Special allegations were filed for five of the counts against him related to "personal infliction of great bodily injury, administering a controlled substance during commission of a sex crime, and infliction of great bodily injury during a sex offense."
Officers arrived at the residence where the woman had been held captive to serve a search warrant and arrest McGuire, but he had already fled the scene. An arrest warrant was issued at that time.
He was later located at a residence in Placentia, California by the San Bernardino Sheriff's Specialized Enforcement Division.
Law enforcement once again showed up with both an arrest warrant and a search warrant, but McGuire barricaded himself inside for several hours. He finally surrendered and was taken into custody at 8:30 am.
McGuire is being held without bond in the West Valley Detention Center.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Chino Hills Station at (909) 364-2000 and to ask for Detective Ryan Girard or Deputy Dan Renear. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may do so by calling the We-Tip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or by submitting a tip online through wetip.com.
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