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Posted by Fay Arfa | May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced to nine years and eight months in state prison today for kidnapping and threatening a woman that he had a romantic relationship with after carving his name on her chest.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Sergio Joaquin Mendoza, 27, Santa Ana Found guilty by a jury on March 9, 2017, of:

Felony counts:

  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal threats
  • False imprisonment by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit
  • (2) Domestic battery with corporal injury

Misdemeanor counts:

  • False imprisonment by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit

Sentencing Enhancement:

  • Causing great bodily injury
Nine years and eight months in state prison

Circumstances of the Case

  • Between March 17, 2015, and March 20, 2015, Mendoza engaged in multiple verbal arguments with Jane Doe and punched her on several occasions.
  • The defendant forced Jane Doe to sit in his car while he was at work and threatened her with violence in order to keep her from leaving the car.
  • On or about March 22, 2015, the defendant told the victim he would let her leave if she allowed him to carve his name onto her chest. Mendoza used a razor blade to carve his first name onto the victim's chest and forced the victim to stay in the house.
  • Later that evening, the defendant forced the victim into his vehicle and drove her to several parking lots in Santa Ana.
  • Mendoza held the victim against her will in his vehicle by intimidating and threatening her with violence if she attempted to leave the vehicle.
  • On March 23, 2015, Mendoza punched Jane Doe in the face, attempted to strangle the victim by putting his hands around her neck, head-butted her in the face, and tried to hold her in the vehicle by grabbing her arm.
  • The victim was able to escape the defendant's car and run to a local business where she reported the crime to an employee and called 911.

The Santa Ana Police Department investigated this case and arrested the defendant in a relative's garage on March 26, 2015.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Caroline Smith, Family Protection Unit.

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 15CF0617 / May 12, 2017

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Fay Arfa has the distinction of being Certified as a Specialist in two separate areas of law – Criminal Law as well as Appellate Law – by the California State Bar, Board of Specialization. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has also awarded her a board Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy. ...


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