A Pennsylvania man is behind bars after allegedly beating, strangling, raping and attempting to murder his girlfriend before killing her “favorite dog” and burning the animal’s carcass in a wood stove.
Kevin Jara-Sanchez faces nine counts in connection with a protracted domestic violence case that took place last month, court documents obtained by Law & Crime show.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Pennsylvania State Police – Towanda soldiers on February 11, 2022 answered a call about a possible female assault victim at Guthrie Roberts Hospital. Packer in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Upon arriving at the facility, the victim recounted the traumatic sequence of events that allegedly led to her being nearly unable to escape from her life.
The victim said that on Tuesday night, February 8, she was standing in the hallway of the residence she shared with Jara-Sanchez when he “pointed the gun at her and shot it,” according to the affidavit.
“The bullet went past the victim and hit the laundry room door behind her. When asked if the shot was intended to scare or kill her, the victim claimed that he had shot her to kill her,” the document said. “She went on to recount that this was the last time with a gun and that Jara-Sanchez then grabbed a knife and threw it at her. The knife also missed her and hit the laundry room door.”
The alleged shooting and knife throwing was only the beginning of the abuse allegedly perpetrated on the victim that evening.
Next, the victim alleged that Jara-Sanchez “thrown her to the floor of the mansion and repeatedly beat her with a .22 caliber gun, a rolling pin, as well as his hands, feet, fists and elbows.” him,” the states swore. “During the beating, Jara-Sanchez put a gun to the victim’s head and told her he was going to kill her.”
The victim suffered 15 broken ribs (eight ribs on the right side and seven on the left), a collapsed lung, internal retroperitoneal bleeding (behind the stomach wall and pelvic cavity), and a broken wrist. Police said she was “bruised from head to toe” from being beaten. She was ordered to receive a blood transfusion due to the extent of the internal bleeding and was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit.
After being beaten, Jara-Sanchez allegedly raped the victim and strangled her until she lost consciousness.
“In [sexual] defendant strangled the victim when he put his hand on her neck,” the affidavit read. “The victim related that the beating lasted for a long time and that she was unconscious.”
When the victim awoke at around 6 a.m. the next morning, she was said to have difficulty breathing and told Jara-Sanchez she needed to go to the hospital. He agreed to drive her to Towanda Guthrie Memorial Hospital, but allegedly had to tell doctors her injuries were “caused by an accident with falling firewood.” The victim was then taken by ambulance to the hospital.
According to the affidavit, Jara-Sanchez “refused to have the victim present despite requests from security, which prevented her from reporting the assault.” It was not until February 11 that the victim was able to tell her mother about the alleged assault. The girl’s mother informed the hospital staff, who in turn called the police. Jara-Sanchez was arrested later that day.
Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant for the home where they are said to have found multiple bullet holes throughout the residence and what appeared to be bullet holes and knives in the laundry room door. A Ruger SR22 pistol and a knife were also recovered from the house. Both allegedly had handwritten Hebrew markings on the handles that appeared to resemble Jara-Sanchez’s tattoo.
Police said Jara-Sanchez had previously been convicted of a more serious assault charge, and was legally designated a “non-gun person”.
While searching the home’s backyard, investigators are said to have made another disturbing and macabre discovery when they examined a dog crate that had been left next to an outdoor wood stove.
“An examination of the crate’s plastic base tray revealed what is believed to be blood/tissue,” the affidavit read. “The members then checked the outdoor wood stove and discovered the remains of a burned dog.”
The victim is said to have told police that when Jara-Sanchez allegedly shot her in their home, her dog, “Ozzy,” was in his crate inside the laundry room behind her. Instead, she believes her bullet went through the laundry room door and hit the dog.
“Victim concerned that defendant knew ‘Ozzy’ was her favorite dog. She asked him to put the dog’s remains outside as she wanted to see them upon discharge and he refused,” according to the affidavit. “Then he put the dead dog in the wood stove.”
Jara-Sanchez remains in custody at the Bradford County Correctional Facility without bond. He faces charges including attempted murder, felony sexual assault, felony rape, four more felony counts of assault, strangulation, possession of a firearm and felony. worse than cruelty to animals.
The preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for April 20, 2022.
Read the affidavit below:
[image via Bradford County Correctional Facility]
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