The Los Angeles Times reports a man has been arrested for allegedly holding his wife captive and waterboarding her. Richard David Schlosser, 36, is married to a 65-year-old woman who he is accused of torturing in their Orange County home in January.
A motion has been filed to increase Schlosser’s bail, but it has been sealed. Schlosser is facing charges of torture, corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and criminal threats. He is pleading not guilty to all counts.
There may also be sentence enhancements in the case for allegations of causing great bodily injury and committing an offense while released from custody. When the alleged torture took place, he was out on a $50,000 bail in connection to a domestic violence case from 2016. He also pleaded not guilty to felony charges filed in that case.
Schlosser is listed as unemployed and could face up to life in prison if convicted.
Authorities responded to Schlosser’s home January 9 after 911 was called asking them to check on the woman who lived there. He was arrested that day and sent to the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana with a bail of $2 million.
His wife has requested a restraining order and claims that he tortured her for six hours, punching and kicking her and cutting her with scissors. The order was dismissed after she did not appear in court for the hearing scheduled in February.
Schlosser also allegedly choked his wife and shoved a towel down her throat. She was hospitalized afterward for her injuries, and Schlosser was allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time.
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