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Pennsylvania Man Allegedly Raped, Strangled Girlfriend, Then Killed Her Dog

Kevin Jara-Sanchez is accused of brutally attacking and raping his girlfriend, leaving her bruised with eight broken ribs, a collapsed lung, internal bleeding and a broken wrist. 

By Chambolion Fairley

A 26-year old Pennsylvania man has been arrested for the attempted homicide of his girlfriend and for killing his girlfriend’s dog in February.

Kevin Jara-Sanchez faces nine felony charges after he allegedly beat, strangled, raped and attempted to kill his girlfriend before he killed her dog and burned its remains in a wood stove. 

State troopers responded to a report of a possible sexual assault at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania — about 80 miles northwest of Scranton on the border with New York state — on Feb. 11, where the victim recounted the series of incidents that led to her hospitalization, as reported by MyTwinTiers

The victim told police that her boyfriend had assaulted her, causing the injuries that resulted in her admission to the intensive care unit, per the probable cause affidavit obtained by Law&Crime. She told authorities that, on the night of Feb. 8, Jara-Sanchez threw the victim to the floor in their house in Towanda, Pennsylvania — 17 miles south of where she was hospitalized — and beat her with a .22 caliber gun, a rolling pin, his hands and his feet, according to the affidavit. 

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The affidavit claims that Jara-Sanchez raped the victim and held a gun to her head while telling her that he was going to kill her. Jara-Sanchez had also allegedly strangled the victim, who eventually went unconscious. She also reported that, at some point in the evening, Jara-Sanchez had fired at her with the gun with which he eventually beat her, and that he threw a knife at her because the gun ran out of bullets, according to the affidavit.

The victim said she regained consciousness the next morning and was unable to breathe properly, so she had Jara-Sanchez take her to the hospital. He took her to the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital in Towanda and allegedly warned her that she had to tell hospital personnel that her “injures were caused by an accident with firewood falling on top of her,” according to the affidavit. 

She was then taken to the Sayre hospital in an ambulance and admitted to their ICU.

The woman had suffered eight broken ribs, a collapsed lung, internal bleeding and a broken wrist, according to the criminal complaint obtained by Law&Crime.

Jara-Sanchez refused to leave her while she received medical care, the affidavit states, which kept her from reporting the assault until she was able to tell her mother on Feb. 11. Her mother told hospital personnel, who subsequently removed Jara-Sanchez from his girlfriend's hospital room and called police.

According to the affidavit, detectives who searched the residence found several bullet holes, shell casings and a knife.  

Authorities also found a dog cage outside the home near an outdoor wood stove, they said. In the stove, they then discovered the charred remains of a dog. The victim confirmed that the dog was her pet Ozzy, who she said was “her favorite dog,” the affidavit states. 

Jara-Sanchez reportedly told the woman that the dog had been killed but refused to let her see the dog's body before he attempted to burn it.

Jara-Sanchez is charged with knowingly causing bodily injury to the victim and attempting to cause her death as well as causing the death of an animal. 

Court documents show that Jara-Sanchez remains in Bradford County Correctional Facility without bail and is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 20, 2022. 

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