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Survivor of killings said boyfriend abused her in past

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POSTED March 5, 2012 8:46 p.m.


MODESTO. (AP) — An 18-year-old woman who survived a weekend shooting in Modesto that left three others dead previously said she had been kidnapped and tortured by her boyfriend a month earlier, police and family members said Monday.

The woman reported that Richard Garibay held her for a week at their home in Ceres, where she was beaten, burned with a lighter and threatened with death along with her family, Ceres police spokesman Sgt. Jose Berber said.

The attack came when Garibay went into a jealous rage after reading a text message on her phone, he said. The woman is pregnant with Garibay's child.

Garibay, 21, was arrested at the time but posted bail before charges were filed. He was back in custody Monday and charges were being prepared against him in the domestic violence case, said Carol Shipley of the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office.

Shipley said she has no information on whether the re-arrest is tied to the investigation of the three killings. Modesto police have released little information, but a spokesman said the attack was not random and investigators believe the killer or killers intentionally targeted the home.

"This is a very complex investigation and for us to comment or speculate on specific information on this active and open case would be irresponsible and could jeopardize the integrity of the investigation," police Lt. Scott Heller said in a written statement.

Modesto police Lt. Rick Armendariz said one person survived the shooting on Saturday and called 911 from the home, but he would not give any other details. Family members told the Modesto Bee the woman hid in a closet during the rampage.

The three victims were identified as Edward Reinig, 31, Alyxandria Tellez, 19, and David Siebels, 16.

In the previous incident, the woman was released after her bruises had healed, Berber said. Her family took her to a hospital and called police that day.

Police executing a search warrant said they found methamphetamine in the home, a gun capable of shooting armor-piercing ammunition and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Garibay also goes by the name Richard Garcia, the name under which he currently is being held.


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