Barstow man charged in wife's rape, torture
Victim reported being shocked, burned with electrical device
BARSTOW • A Barstow man was charged Friday with the alleged rape and torture of his wife.
Philip Mejia, 36, was arrested Wednesday after Barstow Police responded at 12:16 p.m. to a domestic disturbance on the 2000 block of Borrego Drive.
When authorities spoke to the 22-year-old wife of Mejia, she told them the suspect physically restrained and beat her at a residence until she was able to flee, according to a news release from the Barstow Police Department.
Her name isn’t being revealed due to victim protection laws.
The victim claimed the abuse lasted for an extended period of time, according to the news release.
Authorities said they discovered visible injuries on the victim in various stages of healing consistent with being bound and beaten — including contusions to the head, upper body and legs.
She also had scarring consistent with being burned and shocked by an electrical device, as she had reported to police, according to the news release.
Mejia faces charges of torture, rape by force or fear, rape of a spouse by force or fear, inflicting bodily injury on a spouse and making a criminal threat, court records show.
Mejia refused to be arraigned by video Friday at the Victorville courthouse, according to court records. A new date for his arraignment had not been set by 5 p.m. on Friday.
He has a previous conviction in San Bernardino County for an incident of misdemeanor spousal battery in December 2011, according to court records.
He is currently in custody at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $500,000 bail, booking records show.
Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.