Crime

Police: Woman tortured with wrench, blowtorch

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two Albuquerque women are being accused of kidnapping another woman and torturing her with a wrench and blowtorch before throwing her from a moving vehicle.

A criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court says 30-year-old Jessica Villarreal bragged in jail phone calls about killing the woman, unaware that the victim had survived.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Villarreal and 30-year-old Jessica Diaz are facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.

It was not immediately clear if the two had attorneys.

Police say the pair abducted the woman in early March from a gas station and kicked her out of the car after traveling to the city's West Side.

According to the complaint, the woman walked to a nearby home in pain. She was covered in bruises, burns and road rash.


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