TRINIDAD, Colorado (STPNS) -- Trinidad resident Andrew Gonzales, 51, told police last Tuesday that the previous night had seen him kidnapped, taken to Aguilar and tortured by unidentified parties. Police have yet to make any arrests in the case.
At about 4:41 p.m. last Tuesday, Trinidad Police Department (TPD) Ofc. John Massarotti responded to a call of a male party desiring an ambulance on the 400 block of N. Commercial St. Finding Gonzales as the male party in question, Massarotti was told by him that he had recently had burns inflicted to his hands and genitals by two unidentified males. Massarotti wrote in his report that, "Gonzales, who was (visibly) intoxicated did have injuries to his hands and facial areas."
Massarotti also reported that when the ambulance crew for Gonzales arrived, they confirmed that Gonzales did appear to have burns in areas consistent with his claims.
Gonzales was transported by ambulance to Mt. San Rafael Hospital, where Massarotti attempted to question him further on the alleged incident. According to the police report, Gonzales claimed to have been at the residence of an unidentified female the previous night when her boyfriend arrived home. Gonzales reportedly claimed that the unidentified boyfriend and another male proceeded to take him to an unidentified residence in Aguilar, where they allegedly bound him with duct tape and administered several beatings to him, including kicks to the head and holding his hands over a hot stove. Gonzales also reported claimed that the two unidentified males also used a "very hot poker" to burn his genitals.
Following the beatings he was presumably released.
Gonzales reportedly refused repeated requests by Massarotti to divulge the name of either the alleged attackers or the female whose residence he had occupied before the alleged kidnapping. According to the police report, Gonzales claimed to believe that the attack was due to "all the stuff he had witnessed" during his time serving as a bartender at local bar, Mantelli's. He reportedly also claimed that his alleged attackers were regulars at Mantelli's, though, as mentioned previously, Gonzales refused requests to identify them.
Massarotti reported Gonzales as stating, "If I tell you the names I will be dead in no time..."
Massarotti reported leaving the hospital following Gonzales' repeated refusals for additional information. He also reported that Gonzales was said by emergency room staff to have left a short time thereafter, without staff permission and without any type of medical treatment for the burns he had received.
The Trinidad Police Department currently lacks suspects in the case. Anyone wishing to share information concerning the case is encouraged to contact police at 846-4441 or the tips line at 845-TIPS.
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