It's like a scene straight out of a movie. A woman told sheriff's deputies she was hogtied, forced to do heroin, and held captive for days before she was found back in September.
Just after midnight on Sunday, deputies made the fourth arrest in connection with her kidnapping. The alleged ringleader is now behind bars.
Deputies said this kidnapping is nothing short of revenge.
Mercedes Salazar, 32, is the fourth arrest made in this case. James Cerda, Teanna San Nicolas and Tristan Smith also are accused of being involved in the kidnapping.
"This is a very rare situation. We are very fortunate that the victim in this case was not seriously injured or lost her life," said James Keith, chief communications officer for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.
On Sept. 9, deputies arrived in the 11000 block of Bluff Canyon, near Lackland Air Force Base. They heard someone screaming and forced their way inside. They found two woman, one of whom they believe had been held against her will for days.
She said she was able to dial 9-1-1 after she convinced San Nicolas to free her from being tied up. She said the other accomplice at the time, Cerda, had left the house to run an errand.
"At many points in the time period while [the victim] was there, they had zip-tied her to a chair, threatened to kill and harm her with scissors and a knife. We even have reason to believe there was a blood ritual performed on her," Keith said.
In the "blood ritual," the victim said her kidnappers cut off some of her hair and cut her palm to draw blood.
In the arrest report, the victim also told police she believed she was injected with heroin and was forced to swallow a white and yellow pill that made her unconscious. Officials believe the motive for the kidnapping is that the victim formerly dated Mercedes' brother, who was found murdered back in August. She says Mercedes thinks she had something to do with it.
"We understand that people can be emotional whenever they lose somebody, but whenever you take it to this sort of level, not only is it criminal but it's also sick and scary," Keith said.
Investigators are still trying to figure out whether the victim played a role in the death of Mercedes' brother, Angel Salazar.
Salazar, Cerda, San Nicolas and Smith have been arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping.
Mercedes Salazar is no stranger to law enforcement. We are told she's been locked up 11 times in Bexar County alone for more than 40 different charges since she was 17.
KENS 5 Eyewitness News
October 25, 2015
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