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Two Suspects Arrested for Abuse and Torture of Children

Jul 20, 2022 | News Releases

On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, Detective Duque of the Rialto Police Department was notified of allegations of physical abuse inflicted upon five juvenile victims.  The information was related to an initial investigation conducted by the Barstow Police Department in August of 2021.  Barstow PD’s investigation revealed the victims were abused for approximately four years while living with their aunt and uncle in the 1000 Block of E. Jackson St. in the city of Rialto.  Detective Duque coordinated forensic interviews with each of the victims, who described various forms of physical abuse and torture including branding, strangulation, and being shot with pellet guns.  Forensic medical examinations were completed and physical evidence including scarring consistent with the victims’ account of the abuse. 

On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Jessica Salas-Ruiz and Fernando Inzunza were taken into custody by the Rialto Police Department and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for multiple counts of PC 273d (a) – Corporal punishment of a child with bail amounts of $750,000.  Additionally, Inzunza was charged with PC 206 – Torture.  

The Rialto Police Department is releasing booking photos to encourage anyone with information regarding these crimes to contact investigators.  Witnesses can contact Lt. James Mills at (909) 820-2632 or anonymously through WeTip at (800) 782-7463.

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