TURLOCK, CA - A neighborhood is outraged. A Turlock man is accused of holding his ex-girlfriend in a dog crate for months in their home.
Twenty-two-year-old Frank Guerra is in jail facing serious charges including kidnapping. Guerra pleaded not guilty to the charges at the Stanislaus County Superior Court.
Farr Street in Turlock is just like any other neighborhood, with its trimmed lawns and nearby park.
But from September of 2015 through January 2016, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office claimed Guerra kept his girlfriend imprisoned in a dog crate at their home on Farr Street.
“That's torture! What the hell?” said neighbor Juan Hernandez as he reacted to the news when FOX40 told him about the allegations.
His anger comes after learning that someone so close is suspected of doing so much harm.
“I got a daughter, you know what I'm saying?” Hernandez said.
Other neighbors shared the same reaction.
“Glad I didn't catch him,” said Thomas, who would only give his first name.
Officer Steve Rodrigues with the Turlock Police Department could not release much information on the case but told FOX40 the victim went down to the department a month after the alleged abuse happened.
“Last week we had a 22-year-old victim come down here to the police department and who had disclosed that she was being a victim of a domestic battery,” Rodrigues said.
According to the criminal complaint, Guerra is also facing serious bodily injury, kidnapping and domestic violence charges.
The DA’s office said Guerra treated his ex-girlfriend in a “subhuman manner.”
Neighbors are hoping for justice.
“Went through a divorce and things like that. It's very easy for things to be said about somebody else, and you can't never shake it,” Thomas said,
Guerra is scheduled to be back in court March 4 for a pretrial and bail hearing.