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Sep 25, 2003 4:13 PM
Sheriff's deputies accuse Hector Soria, 19, of assaulting the 21-year-old Mexican national, who is treated for numerous injuries before he is released from University Medical Center.
Pima County sheriff's deputies arrested a man they say tortured an illegal Mexican immigrant by pulling out two of his teeth, cutting him on the face and chest, prying up his toenails with a screwdriver and threatening to castrate him.
Deputies arrested Hector Soria, 19, of the 8000 block of South Worden Road at 11 a.m. yesterday near Three Points, said Detective Lisa Flores.
Soria is charged with one count of aggravated assault, two counts of unlawful imprisonment and one count of theft by extortion, said Deputy Steve Easton, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman.
"This is the first time I've encountered this," said Lt. Bob Kimmins, who has been with the department for 16 years. "We've all heard the stories of these things happening but this is the first time I'm aware of where we've actually encountered it."
The Sheriff's Department Special Weapons and Tactics team served a search warrant in the 15000 block of West Chumblers Road, a 5-acre lot with several mobile homes, and found Roselin Rodriguez Bravo, 21, of Chiapas, Mexico.
Bravo said he had been held captive in the mobile home and ordered to reveal the telephone number of the family in Florida he was traveling to see. Bravo; David Morales, 29, of Guatemala; and another victim went to the mobile home complex separately with help from others, Easton said. The men were staying in one of the mobile homes, he said.
Frank Amarillas, a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman, said illegal immigrants often do not report cruelty. "I can't say this particular type of incident is common. That is one of a few that may have transpired and been reported. What is common is the cruel and callous nature of the smugglers who people entrust their lives to them."
Soria intended to demand money from the family in exchange for getting Bravo "safely" to Florida, Flores said. Authorities believe Soria tortured Bravo between 8 p.m. Monday and 2:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Soria, who did not live on the mobile home property, knew the owners of the mobile home where Bravo was tortured, Flores said. The owners were not home at the time, she said.
The Sheriff's Department received a suspicious-activity call at 8 a.m. Tuesday to Sahuarita Mountain Road in Three Points, Flores said. Deputies picked up Morales, who said he had been kidnapped and witnessed a torture, she said. Morales had come across the border near Sasabe and went to the mobile home for help after crossing the desert, Flores said.
Morales was not tortured. Bravo was treated at University Medical Center and released
Bravo's injuries include cuts to his forehead, throat, chin and chest; a stab wound on his foot that required stitches; two teeth pulled out; and toenails pried up.
A third victim, who may also have been tortured, is being sought, Flores said. He is 17 or 18 years old and also from Chiapas, she said.
"I'm concerned for this third individual," Kimmins said.
Another suspect may be involved, Flores said.
The federal government may keep the two victims in the United States as witnesses, Kimmins said.
This is not Soria's first brush with the law.
He was referred to Pima County Juvenile Court 13 times, including five felonies, four of which were drug-related, said Dave Ricker, a court spokesman. He served time in the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections sometime since April 6, 1998, and Juvenile Corrections issued an arrest warrant May 3, 2000, Ricker said.
He also served previous probation terms through Juvenile Court, Ricker said.
Soria's name did not appear in an online search of Pima County Superior Court or the Arizona Department of Corr