Man Accused of Kidnapping and Torturing Women Told Police Victims Tried to Burglarize His Home

Photo Credit: Riverside County Sheriff, Moreno Valley Station

A California man who allegedly kidnapped two women and tortured them told officers that the victims tried to burglarize his home, reports Fox News

Gilberto Puga, 53, contacted the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office the morning of May 14 about two women who had

“burglarized his residence.”

According to authorities, the two women called in shortly after

“screaming for help,”

it said in a press release. The victims were seen walking away from Puga’s residence when officers arrived. 

Investigators confirmed

“that the two females had not burglarized Puga’s residence but had been locked in Puga’s residence, held against their will, and tortured,”

the sheriff’s office said. According to a criminal complaint obtained by local news outlet KTLA 5,

“the suspect allegedly held the two victims in his enclosed patio for more than 30 minutes while he tortured them with a stun gun.”

Puga, who reportedly has had past run-ins with the law, was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and torture. He is being held on $1 million bail. 

Neighbors of Puga also came forward accusing him of suspicious behavior. One neighbor accused Puga of hitting on his 18-year-old daughter.

“He pulls up and blocks her in our driveway,”

the neighbor told KTLA.

“He comes up and starts telling her how pretty she was and because it was also Valentine’s Day weekend, that if she doesn’t have a date, he’d love to take her out on a date.”

The neighbor has since taken out a restraining order against Puga. 

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