APD: Man tor­tured dis­abled woman

Sus­pect gained vic­tim’s trust, then held her cap­tive in her own home, po­lice say


Po­lice say a man gained the trust of a woman in a wheel­chair be­fore hold­ing her cap­tive in her Al­bu­querque home — tor­tur­ing her both men­tally and phys­i­cally — for more than a month.

Phillip Perez, 32, is charged with a long list of felonies, in­clud­ing kid­nap­ping, ag­gra­vated bat­tery, ag­gra­vated as­sault, ag­gra­vated stalk­ing, ag­gra­vated bur­glary, bribery of a wit­ness, ne­glect of a res­i­dent with great phys­i­cal harm, break­ing and en­ter­ing and crim­i­nal dam­age to prop­erty.

He re­mained in MDC on Fri­day evening.

Ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint filed in Met­ro­pol­i­tan Court, Perez met the 53-year-old woman, who also has lost an arm, at a gas sta­tion a block from her North Val­ley home near Se­cond and Can­de­laria.

Po­lice say she didn’t know Perez be­fore they met, and he of­fered to carry her gro­ceries and push her wheel­chair home. Be­cause of his “kind at­ti­tude and will­ing­ness to help,” she told po­lice she agreed to let him stay at her home to sleep, shower and eat.

Af­ter a cou­ple days, po­lice say Perez be­gan to yell at her and brought a num­ber of strangers, up to 15, into her home.

The woman told po­lice that’s when she de­manded Perez leave or she would call 911 and he told her he would re­turn af­ter the of­fi­cers left to kill her by hang­ing her by the neck to see “how long it takes for her to die.”

Po­lice say dur­ing his stay Perez took her phone, sold many of her be­long­ings, threat­ened to burn the house down and tor­tured her in var­i­ous ways.

She told po­lice Perez would spin her in her wheel­chair un­til she was dizzy. When she asked him to stop he would re­ply, “What are you go­ing to do?”

Po­lice say Perez threw knives at her — like target prac­tice — nearly a dozen times and when a knife missed by inches he would tell her the next one would be at her head or heart.

The woman told po­lice she thought Perez en­joyed “see­ing the ter­ror in her eyes.”

Po­lice say Perez would ran­domly punch her in the face and hit her in the head with a ham­mer af­ter telling her to “be quiet.” When he was out of the home, he blocked the front door with a heavy ta­ble and the woman’s mo­bil­ity is­sues pre­vented her from es­cap­ing through the back yard.

On Thurs­day she was able to tell her land­lady, who had stopped by, what was go­ing on.

Po­lice say when of­fi­cers ar­rived at the home, they found nu­mer­ous cut marks in the wall — pre­sum­ably where the knives had missed — mul­ti­ple bruises on her face and “ut­ter ter­ror, sad­ness and ex­haus­tion” in her eyes.

Soon af­ter po­lice ar­rived, Perez re­turned to the house and was de­tained.

Perez told po­lice he had been staying with the woman around a month but de­nied hurt­ing her in any way.

Phillip Perez

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