A Florida woman accused of zipping her boyfriend inside a suitcase and killing him supposedly filmed the entire ordeal — taunting the man while he supposedly took his last breaths, officials say.
Sarah Boone first claimed to authorities that she awoke on Monday, Feb. 24 after a night of drinking to find the lifeless corpse of her boyfriend, Jorge Torres Jr., locked inside a blue suitcase in a Winter Park, Florida home.
The 42-year-old claimed the couple was playing a drunken game of “hide-n-seek” the night before and that Torres “jokingly” got inside the suitcase, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com. Boone alleged that she passed out and forgot Torres was inside the suitcase. When she got up hours later, she claimed Torres was “unresponsive and not breathing,” the arrest affidavit stated.
However, her story came under scrutiny after investigators found that Torres’ eye was bruised and he had what appeared to be a cut on his lip, law enforcement said.
After seizing Boone’s phone, investigators made another sinister discovery: In two separate videos, Boone filmed her boyfriend’s death, authorities said. In the recordings, Boone allegedly tells her boyfriend to “shut the f--k up” as Torres, trapped in the luggage, gasps for air and begged for his life.
“For everything you’ve done to me — f--k you,” a laughing Boone told Torres in the first video, the affidavit claims.
The recording — which was allegedly filmed shortly before midnight on Sunday — lasts about two minutes, authorities said. In the video, a suitcase can be seen facing downward in the home’s living room. Torres, who’s presumably inside, can be seen visibly “pushing on” the luggage in an apparent effort to escape, the arrest affidavit stated.
“I can’t f--king breathe, seriously,” Torres frantically yelled at Boone, according to authorities.
“That’s what you get when you choke me,” she allegedly replied.
When Torres again told her he was suffocating, she accused him of cheating on her, authorities said.
“That’s on you,” Boone said, according to the arrest report. “Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me.”
Boone was booked by Orange County sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday and charged with second-degree murder.
However, Torres' exact cause of death hasn’t been released, as autopsy results were redacted by investigators in Boone’s arrest report. Oxygen.com was unable to immediately confirm whether a report was publicly available through the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office also declined to comment on a possible motive. However court documents show the couple, who had been dating for roughly three years, had an alleged history of abusing one another.
On July 25, 2018, Boone was arrested for allegedly strangling Torres following a dispute at a bar, according to a separate arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com. Torres, who was accused of kicking Boone in the face, was also booked and charged with battery. Charges against both of them were later dropped.
Boone appeared in court on Wednesday. It’s unclear if the woman has retained legal counsel.
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