A Loving man who allegedly smuggled a woman from Mexico and allegedly threatened to kill her, made an initial appearance in federal court Aug. 10.
Eddie Sanchez, 43, was charged kidnapping along with charges of transporting and harboring an undocumented migrant, per news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
He remained in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Aug. 13, the release read.
Around December 2019, Sanchez and the woman allegedly had a long-distance relationship, read the release.
After several months, he allegedly smuggled the woman into the U.S., read the release, and brought her to his home in Loving.
The woman and 12 other undocumented migrants were allegedly smuggled into the U.S. at a location near Presidio, Texas on Jan. 4, records show, and transported to Odessa and Andrews, Texas, per the news release.
After Sanchez brought the woman to Loving where she tried to end the relationship, per the criminal complaint, and return to Mexico.
Sanchez allegedly refused to end the relationship and took the woman’s travel documents and monitored her cell phone use.
Sanchez allegedly provided little food and water and tied her hands and feet while at work, the release read.
He allegedly threatened to kill the victim if she attempted to leave him. The woman escaped by July 21, and called for help, the release read.
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