A pair of siblings and two of their friends from Auburn, Massachusetts are accused of keeping a 16-year-old girl captive, sexually abusing her and brutalizing her with lit cigarettes and hair clippers.
The alleged hostage situation began on Christmas Day and ended two days later, according to the Boston Herald. The victim is a 16-year-old girl, a runaway from New Jersey.
Auburn Police Department Officer George Vranos discovered the teen in a basement room he called a “torture chamber.” While explaining her condition in court, Vranso fought back tears, Mass Live reported.
When the victim was found, she was bald, crying and struggled to make eye contact with police. A Christmas bag filled up with her hair was found near the teen, who was confined to a chair.
"She was looking at the floor whimpering," Vranos recalled as he spoke in court on Wednesday.
Krystal Lugo, 23, her 19-year-old brother Christopher Lugo, Krystal’s boyfriend Yariel Torres-Abee, 22, and Yuleny Ortiz, 19, are now all facing kidnapping and assault charges, according to the Boston Herald. Christopher has been charged with rape. It is unclear if any of their attorneys have released statements at this time.
Krystal's defense attorney, Sean McGinty, asked for a low bail and conditions, saying Krystal wasn't a danger to society. The judge, however, deemed her dangerous, and she is being held without bail.
Bail amounts for the others is pending, and their hearings are scheduled to take place on Friday.
All four allegedly kept the 16-year-old girl, who had been reported missing from New Jersey, in the basement against her will. They abused her in various ways, including burning her with lit cigarettes. Auburn Detective Vincent Ross testified on Wednesday that the victim claimed she was drugged with Xanax and sexually assaulted by multiple people.