Woman kidnapped and used in 'blood ritual'

Woman kidnapped and used in 'blood ritual'
Published: 2015 October 29 18:59:13 (7993 Views)
Four people in San Antonio, US, reportedly kidnapped a woman and held her captive for three days, forcing her to ingest drugs and at one point conducting a "blood ritual."

Authorities believe Mercedes Salazar, 32, was the ringleader who orchestrated the woman's capture.

Salazar is being held on charges that include aggravated kidnapping after she became convinced the 25-year-old woman played a role in the August killing of her brother.

Authorities say there's no indication the victim played any role in the death.

The woman was abducted last month and spent most of her time in captivity tied to a chair.

She told investigators she was forced to take drugs, including what she believed was heroin.

Her captors also held a ceremony described as a blood ritual.



Sheriff's deputies found the woman because she was eventually able to call her mother, who notified authorities.

The woman had been left with one of her captors who untied her from the chair so she could use the bathroom and get a drink. The suspect fell asleep, allowing the victim to make the phone call.

When the woman saw deputies arriving at the home, she screamed for help, awakening her captor, who threatened her with a knife and scissors, authorities allege.

Deputies forced their way into the home and disarmed the suspect.

Three of the suspects were arrested within days and charged with a variety of crimes that include aggravated kidnapping.

Salazar has a long criminal record that includes being booked into the Bexar County jail on 11 separate occasions on dozens of charges since she was 17, Keith said.

The victim at one time dated Salazar's brother, Angel Salazar, who was killed Aug. 18 in San Antonio. Romana Lopez, spokeswoman for San Antonio police, said Wednesday that five men have been arrested in that killing.



Source - AP

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