We can’t even begin to imagine what this poor woman went through!
According to reports out of New York, a 36-year-old Bronx resident named Richard Rosa held his 43-year-old girlfriend captive in their apartment for THREE MONTHS before she was able to escape.
Records also show Mr. Rosa tortured his partner physically and emotionally during her captivity.
Per court docs and testimony from loved ones obtained by the NY Daily News, the criminal and his girlfriend, whose name has not been released to the public, originally moved into the residence with Rosa’s grandmother, though she ultimately left in February due to the couple’s volatile and contentious relationship.
Once the two were alone, the couple’s relationship deteriorated even further, as did their finances. Things ultimately got so bad the power company was forced to shut off their electricity.
Unfortunately, things reached a breaking point on August 1 after the perp refused to let his lover out of the apartment.
To make the terrified woman stay, Richard would often put a gun to her head and pull the trigger. On occasion the deranged man would use a knife to taunt his victim.
To make matters even worse, Rosa also claimed he’d kill the woman’s three children with her ex-husband if she attempted to flee. Luckily the kids did not live in the house of horrors; they all remain unharmed.
While we’re not sure how the girlfriend finally made her escape, at some point on Friday she was able to reach a local police station six blocks away from the apartment. Once there, she told cops her story and she made a point to note that her boyfriend was in the possession of an illegal firearm.
Following a search of the residence, Richard was arrested and charged with harassment, as well as weapon and drug possession. He’s currently being held on a $15K bail.
We’ll keep you updated as this case progresses.
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