SANTA FE, N.M. A Santa Fe man is accused of kidnapping and raping a 19-year-old Espanola woman police say he considered his "property" after her brother traded her for heroin.
Herman Flores Jr., 24, has been charged in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court with criminal sexual penetration and in Rio Arriba County Magistrate Court with kidnapping, aggravated burglary and threatening or intimidating a witness.
Flores apparently considered the woman his possession and wanted her to bear his children, Espanola police Detective Christian Lopez said.
"It is bizarre," Lopez said. "I've not heard of this happening before."
According to a police report, the woman's boyfriend called Espanola police March 28 to report she had sent him text messages that morning that she was being taken against her will and might be killed.
Espanola police discovered she was with Flores and tracked him to his grandmother's home in La Cienega.
The woman told Lopez she met Flores last September when her brother "was in dire need of narcotics," according to the police report. The brother got drugs from Flores but couldn't pay, and told Flores he could have his sister "and 'do whatever he wanted with her' because she was his property now," Lopez's report said.