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* John Manuel Gomez Arrested for Allegedly Holding Woman Captive in Santa Rosa

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Bail has been set at $2.1 million for a man suspected of holding a woman captive in a mobile home park just outside of Santa Rosa, beating and sexually assaulting her over the course of three days. Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies headed to the mobile home park at 3309 Santa Rosa Ave., in an unincorporated area southeast of Santa Rosa, at about 9:30 a.m. Friday after someone called dispatch to report receiving a call from a woman who said she needed help. Deputies went to the home of 58-year-old John Manuel Gomez and detained him and an adult female roommate for questioning. Inside the trailer, they found a 40-year-old woman tethered at the ankle to the bedroom floor. She was injured and pleaded with the deputies to rescue her. The woman was released from the tether and treated for various injuries. She told the deputies she had been tied up for three days, beaten with objects and sexually assaulted, according to the sheriff’s office. Investigators obtained a search warrant and uncovered evidence of drug activity at the home. Gomez was arrested and booked into Sonoma County jail on suspicion of kidnapping to commit rape, rape by force, oral copulation by force, sodomy by force, sexual battery of a restrained victim, assault with a deadly weapon, torture and possession of a controlled substance. Gomez’s roommate was released but may still face arrest in connection with the case. Anyone with more information on the case is asked to call Detective Jake Vivian at (707) 565-7600.

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  • People are so quick to judge. John Manuel Gomez is no horrible man! The media only let’s people know what they would like them to know… Why haven’t they mentioned that the women was a prostitute or that she asked him to tie her up so that she would no longer do drugs nor be a trick?
    That’s right no one metioned that!

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