Women arrested in 2013 kidnapping, torture case

Posted at 1:09 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 15:45:56-05

In 2013, a Phoenix woman was kidnapped, burned on the face, and put in a hole near Wittmann and now the two women who assaulted her have been arrested and charged.

According to court documents, Phoenix Police arrested 51-year-old Mary Helen Mendoza and 35-year-old Doreena Jackie Sanchez on Jan. 20 in their homes near 43rd Avenue and Dunlap.

It was June 3, 2013, when Sanchez, Mendoza and three men kidnapped the victim and held her in Mendoza's home. For two days Sanchez guarded the victim, keeping her in a closet as they contacted her mother for ransom.

The court documents show that the victim was tortured by her captors. Sanchez assaulted her and cut off all her hair and Mendoza burned her on the face with a meth pipe.

She was also taken to a desert location near Wittmann where she was put in an eight-foot hole. Her captors also threatened to kill her by putting a shotgun in her mouth.

Police said the victim was released and able to identify the two women and three men as her assailants.

The three men involved are awaiting grand jury indictments in this crime but are already in prison on other convictions.

Sanchez and Mendoza remain in jail on $100,000 bond on charges of kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery, assault and extortion.