Abusive Bronx man held girlfriend and her young son hostage in apartment: feds

Stephen Rex Brown, New York Daily News

A coked-up Bronx boyfriend from hell went berserk after learning his girlfriend had been unfaithful, holding her hostage for days and threatening to kill her 7-year-old son, prosecutors announced.

Aquilino Torres faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the disturbing kidnapping last month, acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said.

“Aquilino Torres threatened to kill a 7-year-old child in carrying out a brutal kidnapping of the child and his mother. Torres then allegedly held his victims captive for several days, during which he physically abused both mother and child, and sexually assaulted the woman. Thankfully, the victims managed to escape,” Strauss said.

The horror began on Oct. 5 when Torres, 26, learned the woman he’d been dating since the summer had been with someone else, according to a criminal complaint.

“I’m gonna be like the shirt on your back. No matter where you go, I’ll find you," he allegedly said.

He forced her to stay in a Bronx hotel, where he beat her and her son, prosecutors claim. Torres allegedly forced her to have sex with him after threatening her child.

“Don’t do anything stupid or I’m gonna kill your son,” he said, according to the complaint.

The following day he forced the woman to rent an apartment for $320 on Fort Washington Ave and began snorting cocaine in front of her and her son, prosecutors charged. At one point he tied the woman’s hands to a bed frame using string and said he’d kill her if she tried to run, prosecutors said.

The woman made a run for it when Torres briefly left the apartment. She went to a hospital, where she required surgery for a broken jaw, prosecutors charged.

“The conduct we allege in this case is horrific. Torres allegedly broke a mother’s jaw, tied her hands to a bed frame after physically and sexually assaulting her, and held her and her seven-year-old child against their will for several days. In spite of all she endured, the victim was able to escape her captor with her son and bring them both to safety. The resiliency she and her son showed is commendable, and as a result of their heroic actions, Torres will now face justice,” FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney Jr. said.


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