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Human Trafficker With Teeth Filed To Points Threatened To Use Them To Rip Out Pregnant Rape Victim’s Throat, Sheriff Says

Genesee County, MI – A Michigan man with teeth filed to sharp points has been arrested for allegedly raping and trafficking a pregnant woman while holding her captive for weeks, as well as threatening to tear her throat out with his teeth if she tried to escape, according to investigators.

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said in a video release on Dec. 14 that the 20-year-old victim had been held captive by 36-year-old Michael Anthony Barajas since the week of Thanksgiving.

The victim said she was kicked out of another residence days before Barajas spotted her walking down the road and stopped to offer her food and a place to stay.

The woman accepted his offer and got into his vehicle.

Barajas then took her to a house, where he proceeded to tie her to a bed and locked her inside a room from the outside, Sheriff Swanson said.

“They screwed the windows shut,” the sheriff added, noting that investigators later located the ropes and bed where the woman had been held captive.

Sheriff Swanson said the woman was repeatedly sexually assaulted over the next three weeks by Barajas and others.

“This guy used this opportunity to not only sexually assault [her], but to have people come over and traffic her as she was tied forcibly to the bed,” he said. “We’re talking multiple suspects, which is why this is still an open investigation.”

The sheriff said Barajas threatened to rip the woman’s throat out with his teeth if she didn’t comply with his orders.

“Barajas threatened that if she didn’t do everything that he told her to do, that he would bite her neck and rip out her throat,” Sheriff Swanson said, holding up a photo of Barajas’ horrific filed teeth.

He even forced the victim to write a note referring to him as “daddy,” according to the sheriff.

The victim made several escape attempts, including one instance in which people allegedly shot at her after she managed to run out of an opened door, Sheriff Swanson said.

Her captors chased her down and forced her into a vehicle.

“The second time, she actually ran away and they dragged her back,” the sheriff said.

But on Dec. 8, the traumatized victim finally managed to escape and made her way to Hurley Hospital in Flint due to a pregnancy-related medical emergency.

No further details about her condition were released, but Sheriff Swanson said the astute nursing staff recognized she was in need of help and that she is now being “well cared for.”

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (GHOST) members subsequently raided the home and arrested Barajas.

He is now facing seven felony counts, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct, human trafficking, kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of methamphetamine or ecstasy, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, and using a firearm to commit a felony, WJRT reported.

“This guy – he’s a monster,” Sheriff Swanson said.

Barajas’ bond was set at $250,000, WDIV reported.

The sheriff said the investigation into the incident is ongoing and that additional suspects are still being sought.

He urged anyone with information about the case to contact investigators immediately.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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