A Chino Hills man suspected of holding a woman against her will in his home for months has been charged with torture, kidnapping, mutilation, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment by violence, rape forced and other sex crimes.
Peter Anthony McGuire, 59, also faces special allegations of causing grievous bodily harm in a sex offense and administering a controlled substance in the commission of a sex crime, according to the office of the San Bernardino County District Attorney. He was arrested Saturday morning after a standoff of several hours, police said.
The woman escaped from McGuire’s home Thursday night and was spotted minutes later in Alterra Park by bystanders who called police, the district attorney’s office said in a statement Saturday. She was taken to hospital to treat her injuries.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Mara Rodriguez identified the victim only as a 22-year-old female.
The woman told deputies that McGuire held her against her will for several months and raped, tortured and assaulted her during that time.
“The victim had visible injuries consistent with the allegations made,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.
Authorities served a search warrant at McGuire’s home, but he fled before they arrived, according to the sheriff’s department.
Investigators later learned that McGuire was at a home in Placentia, where deputies attempted to serve a warrant for his arrest on Saturday morning. McGuire barricaded himself inside the residence, authorities said, but surrendered after several hours.
Prior to the kidnapping, the victim allegedly moved into McGuire’s home, Rodriguez said. The relationship between the victim and the suspect was unclear.
At one point, the woman decided to leave the house, but McGuire refused to let her go, Rodriguez said. She was reportedly detained for six months.
It was unclear whether any missing person reports for the victim had been filed during the months she was held captive.
Los Angeles Times