A sharp-toothed 36-year-old Michigan man is in custody after police discovered he abducted an underage woman, sexually assaulted her for three weeks and threatened to “slit her throat” if she didn’t do what he said. ,
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson revealed disturbing details of the case that led to the arrest of Michael Barajas at a press conference on Wednesday. 36 years old, on 8 December.
Swanson said a pregnant woman in her early 20s was kicked out of her home the week of Thanksgiving. When Barajas saw a deranged woman walking alone on the road, she stopped her car. He offered her a hot bath, a piece of food and a place to stay. The victim was unaware that she would be raped and ‘trafficked’ repeatedly over the next three weeks.
Once the couple reached a dilapidated house, Barajas locked them in a room and tied them to the bed. Genesee officers said they found a rope at the scene, in addition, the victim’s bedroom was locked from the outside and all windows in the house were closed.
Baraj repeatedly sexually assaulted the pregnant woman and asked others to assault her sex and its trafficking, the police said.
Swanson said the woman tried to escape the locked room three times.
The first time she fled out an open door during an exchange, but Barajas and the other suspects followed her, shot her, and dragged her back into the bedroom.
A second escape attempt also led to his return. On 8 December, the victim suffered a medical emergency related to her pregnancy and was treated by nurses who recognized that the woman was in dire need of help.
Swanson said that Barajas threatened to bite her with his sharp fangs as long as she remained in the house.
“Barajas threatened her that if she didn’t do everything he told her, he would snap her neck and slit her throat,” Swanson said. The sheriff holds up a photo of Barajas and then shows his teeth, which appear to be filed into sharp points.
Swanson said that Barajas groomed the woman by making her a requirement for asylum and even coerced her to write a letter referring to Barajas as “her father”.
“This man is a monster. If you only look at the teeth that are bared down and his throat threatening to be slit, I will say no more.”
After nurses alerted authorities to the woman’s seriousness, police raided Baraj’s home and He was arrested on multiple charges including human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual assault, possession of methamphetamine and ecstasy, and other charges.
As of now, Barajas is being jailed on $250,000 bond ($35,000 bond per count) and is scheduled to appear in court on December 22 for a probable cause conference.
The sheriff says the investigation is still ongoing and officials are asking the community to help find other suspects.