KUSA — Two people have been charged with holding a man prisoner and beating him repeatedly in an incident that prosecutors said stemmed from an unpaid debt.
Darrius Holmes, 36, and Ruby Serrato, 20, were arrested at the Crosslands Motel in Lakewood on Nov. 14, according to a news release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.
This comes one day after prosecutors said the victim was able to escape their custody and find a bystander to call 911. According to the arrest affidavit in the case, the man had numerous injuries -- he had two black eyes and his left eye was swollen shut -- and was taken to the hospital.
The victim told police that he had been held prisoner for two days and two nights. According to the arrest affidavit, he had loaned Serrato money and asked her to pay him back.
Serrato on Sunday, Nov. 11 arrived at the victim's apartment to pay him back but then told him she forgot the money at her hotel room and asked him to come with her to get it, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit says when the victim arrived at the hotel, he said seven or eight unknown men with hooded jackets demanded he empty his pockets and took his belongings -- $96 in cash, a couple of gift cards, a Samsung phone and charger, his birth certificate and a watch.
The victim, according to the affidavit, was then blindfolded, bound with rope and taped to a chair, and over the next two nights, was repeatedly beaten by two different groups of males, as well as punched, tased, hit with a chain and kicked.
The next day, Monday, Nov. 12, the affidavit says the victim was driven to his boss's house, where his boss's wife gave him $50. He was then brought back to the hotel room, where he was again beaten.
Prosecutors said on Nov. 13, Serrato and Holmes brought the victim back to his house so they could know where he lived and “they could get him if he called police.”
The victim was then able to escape.
Holmes and Serrato have each been charged with first-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and false imprisonment.
Holmes is being held on a $100,000 bond and Serrato is being held on a $50,000 bond.