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Monday, Jul 02 2012 08:16 PM

Suspect in torture case found by LA County Sheriff's Department

By BREAKING NEWS

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department personnel arrested a suspect Monday who was wanted for allegedly torturing a man in Bakersfield last year.

Felix Martin, 34, was found at a residence in Hawaiian Gardens during a parole search, according to a Bakersfield Police Department news release. He had an outstanding warrant from the torture case and was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, torture, false imprisonment, terrorist threats and burglary, police said.

Martin allegedly took part in an attack on a man in early September. Police said Micella Mendoza lured a man, who she considered her boyfriend, to her Bakersfield apartment and invited over several people -- including her brother -- to assault the man with items including a propane torch, metal-tipped darts and a baseball bat.

In April Mendoza was sentenced to four years in prison for false imprisonment with violence and her brother, Frankie Mendoza, was sentenced to nine years in prison for false imprisonment with violence and assault with a deadly weapon other than a gun.

Delia Torres was sentenced to 288 days in jail, with 288 days credited for time served and good behavior, and three years probation for false imprisonment with violence in connection with the case, according to Kern County Superior Court records.

Police are still looking for Julio Cesar Ramirez. The 25-year-old may live in the Arvin area and is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 240 pounds, and possibly driving a blue Dodge truck, police said.

-- The Californian

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