Jose Angel Barajas-Mireles, along with two other men, held a captive woman inside of a small, gated home in Santa Rosa, California, where she endured over two months of sexual abuse and beatings. On February 18, the victim was able to escape the horrifying captivity after Mireles accidentally left the padlocked door to a bedroom open.
Calling Barajas-Mireles the “mastermind” behind the sick plot, CBS SF Bay Area on Feb. 25 reported: “The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said they arrested 34-year-old Jose Angel Barajas-Mireles of Santa Rosa, 52-year-old Jaime Gomez Cisneros of Watsonville and 34-year-old Guillermo Crestino Avina of Santa Rosa.”
Sgt. Cecile Focha from the Sonoma County Sherriff’s Office called the months-long assault “absolutely brutal. The woman was terrorized,” Focha said.
Barajas-Mireles was jailed in lieu of a $6 million bond, and charged with aggravated rape, aggravated sodomy and aggravated oral copulation. The other two men, who acted as “guards,” were jailed under charges of false imprisonment and as accessories to a crime. Their bail was set at $11,000 each.
The 32-year-old victim, who has not been identified, reportedly ran into the police station and collapsed while recounting her horrific tale of abuse. Police SWAT teams then converged on the home she was held prisoner in, located on the 3000 block of Stony Point Road in Santa Rosa, approximately 50 miles north of San Francisco.
Avina’s girlfriend, who identified herself only as “Dee,” told a completely different tale to the media. She purports that the victim concocted the entire story, and said Jose Angel Barajas-Mireles was in a consensual relationship with the woman, adding that she and Jose moved in together over the holidays.
Writes the TheSpreadIt: “They shared a Valentine’s Day dinner together and even exchanged gifts, but when she tried to have sex with him after the meal, he refused and she got angry. Out of revenge, she went to the cops and cooked up the rape and sex slave story.”
“They did have a sexual relationship, but it wasn’t rape,” Dee said. “She got mad because she wanted to be with him and he didn’t want that. I never saw her mistreated.”
Focha denies Dee’s claims, calling them “complete fabrications” that were invented to take the heat off of Avina. “These people were not her friends,” Focha said. “They were not her relatives. Nothing the victim said leads us to believe she was in a consensual relationship with any of these men.”
It’s unclear how the woman was kidnapped. She initially told investigators that she was kidnapped at gunpoint out of her home in Roseland, but that proved to be untrue. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported that Focha believes “fear of retaliation plus the trauma of the assault may have caused the woman to report she had been kidnapped at gunpoint.”
Jose Angel Barajas-Mireles was arraigned Friday in court.