SAPD: Man beat, held woman in 'torture zone'

Victim claims Ramon Arratia, 34, thought she planned to kill him


SAN ANTONIO – A 34-year-old man is accused of orchestrating and taking part in the torture of a woman he had been dating for two months reportedly because he thought she had plans to have him killed.

Ramon Arratia was arrested Tuesday on a charge of aggravated assault related to the incident which allegedly happened around Nov. 18.

An arrest affidavit stated that detectives interviewed the woman at a fast food restaurant near Interstate 37 and Fair Avenue soon after a patrol officer found her in the area.

She had two black eyes, bruises, burns and puncture marks on her face, and body and road rash, police said.

The affidavit stated that she told investigators Arratia, whom she had dated for about two months, took her to a home on the East Side where they met up with two other people.

She said together, they took turns beating her with various items, including chains and the legs from a chair; burning her with hot oil and trying to drown her in a bathtub, the affidavit stated.

The woman told police Arratia referred to the house as the "torture zone," and they told her if she tried to leave, things would get a lot worse, the affidavit stated.

She said that for some reason, Arratia believed she had it out for him and planned to have him killed.

About two days later, she said Arratia drove the couple downtown and dropped them off.

The woman said when she saw a police officer in the area, she jumped out of the moving vehicle.

Detectives said the woman later identified Arratia in a photo as the man who tortured her, the affidavit stated.

There's no word on whether police have identified the two other people who allegedly were involved.

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