A man was been arrested in Texas for keeping two people tied and beating them badly in his home in rural East County, according to the police.
Sheriff Homicide Lt. Thomas Seiver said that one of the victims was a 69-year-old man who is in critical condition after the attack.
The incident occurred before midnight last Saturday in the suspect’s home on Great Southern Overland Route or road S2 in Shelter Valley – a small community just west of Anzo Borrego State Park, Seiver confirmed, according to San Diego Union Tribune.
The suspect was later identified as Juan Luis Gonzales. Seiver said that Gonzales tied up and beat his girlfriend, 47, and the 69-year-old man who was his colleague. Gonzales eventually left the home which he owns but lives in Escondido.
The woman was able to free herself
At about 2.45 a.m. last Sunday, just approximately three hours after the attack started, the woman was able to free herself from being tied up and went to a neighbor to seel help, Seiver said.
Both victims were brought to the hospital. The woman has been released since then but the 69-year-old man whose injuries are life-threatening remained at the hospital as of Friday.
Seiver said that The San Diego Regional Fugitive Taskforce organized the search for Gonzales. On the evening of Monday, Border Patrol agents stationed at a checkpoint in Hudspeth County in Texas, east of El Paso, came across Gonzales at a checkpoint.
He was immediately arrested and brought to jail. Seiver said that officials are working to transfer Gonzales back to San Diego County.