El Paso, TX – A 25-year-old El Paso man is facing state and federal charges after he kidnapped a woman and took her with him to a job interview at the Otero County Jail.
The incident occurred on March 14 when Matthew Contreras assaulted and kidnapped a 23-year-old woman from her home on Ava Leigh Avenue, the El Paso Times reported.
Court documents showed that the woman had previously been in a relationship with Contreras, KVIA reported.
She told police that she woke up on March 13 to find Contreras going through her cell phone.
The victim said Contreras accused her of cheating on him and then punched her, kicked her, and pointed a gun at her, KVIA reported.
She said he also put a kitchen knife to her throat, splashed bleach all over her body, and cut her hair off with a kitchen knife.
The victim told police that at one point, Contreras put the gun in her mouth, KVIA reported.
She said she denied cheating but that upset Contreras even more.
Things got so bad that at one point she told Contreras, “Just kill me already,” according to KVIA.
Police said that Contreras forced the woman to go with him at gunpoint to a job interview in New Mexico at the Otero County Jail, the El Paso Times reported.
Authorities said that woman was able to get the attention of a detention officer who was in the jail parking lot and was ultimately rescued.
Otero County sheriff’s officials contacted El Paso police about the possible kidnapping from their jurisdiction, the El Paso Times reported.
The El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit investigated and issued a warrant for Contreras’ arrest.
He was arrested on March 15 and booked into the El Paso County Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the El Paso Times reported.
Contreras was released later the same day on a $100,000 bond.
However, he didn’t remain free for long, the El Paso Times reported.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents arrested Contreras on March 16 and charged him with possession of a weapon or ammunition by a prohibited person.