Couple caught in Oxnard, accused of torture and burglary in Bakersfield

A couple were arrested Sunday in Oxnard on suspicion of torturing and burglarizing a woman in Bakersfield.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office said 50-year-old Franco Ochoa broke into the victim's apartment on Troy Street in late June and held her hostage for several days, at one point attacking her with a sword.

The Sheriff's Office said Ochoa also ordered his wife, 42-year-old Amalia Lopez, to assault the victim.

Ochoa is also accused of stacking clothes and paper in the living room and lighting the pile on fire before he and his wife took off with the victim's property.

The Sheriff's Office said the victim was able to escape the fire by kicking out a window. She had suffered severe injuries, including stab wounds and the potential loss of fingers.

The Sheriff's Office didn't say whether the suspects and victim knew each other before this incident.

Arrest warrants were obtained for Ochoa and Lopez, who were located this weekend during a spousal abuse investigation in Oxnard.

Lopez is on her way to Kern County to answer to charges of attempt murder, torture, aggravated mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and arson. Ochoa will be returned to Kern County after his case is resolved in Oxnard.

Kern County court records show nine previous cases against Ochoa, including convictions for inflicting injury on a spouse and a pair of assaults.

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