TWIN FALLS • A Buhl woman who police say was repeatedly raped, beaten and held against her will for 18 months in a booby-trapped home, testified Friday in Twin Falls County Court.
The woman said she was forced to have sex with Oscar Ayala-Arizmendi, or he would beat her.
Ayala-Arizmendi, 36, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, rape and possessing a controlled substance.
“It happened every day,” she said.
At the end of the hearing, Magistrate Judge Thomas Kershaw said prosecutors have enough evidence to move the case forward and sent the case to District Court.
In the first week of April, the woman said, her brother and some of his friends came to take her away from Ayala-Arizmendi’s home.
She told Ayala-Arizmendi that her brother wasn’t going to leave without her and that she come back to him, while trying to convince Ayala-Arizmendi to let her go. Ayala-Arizmendi eventually agreed, but wouldn’t let her take anything with her.
“All the stuff I that had was the stuff on my back, the clothes, and that was it,” she said.
The woman, 27, said she was locked in a bedroom with Ayala-Arizmendi at night, and chained during the day. She said her wrists and legs were chained with a deadbolt.
Under cross examination by Ayala-Arizmendi’s attorney Keith Roark, the woman said she occasionally drove around Buhl, and could have gone to the police at that time, but didn’t.
When Chief Deputy Prosecutor Suzanne Craig re-examined the woman, she said she didn’t want to break out of the house, but wanted Ayala-Arizmendi to let her go.
She said she had left the house a few times, but Ayala-Arizmendi or someone else would take her back to the house.
In a report by Twin Falls County sheriff’s deputies, the woman said Ayala-Arizmendi kept her “drugged up on meth,” making her smoke it once or twice a week while she was held against her will. He often placed a rope around her neck and led her around the house “like a dog.”
Investigators reported finding many chains and locks mounted to walls and on the floors of several rooms, a 9 mm handgun and a box of ammo. A framework of wood and heavy metal mesh, with bent nails holding the mesh in place and metal hinges, reinforced the bedroom door, investigators said.
Ayala-Arizmendi is scheduled to be arraigned June 9. He is being held in lieu of $1 million in the Twin Falls County Jail.