Disturbing cellphone videos have emerged purportedly showing a Florida woman laughing and taunting her boyfriend as he cried out for help while slowly suffocating inside a suitcase.
Sarah Boone, 42, was arrested in Winter Park on February 25 and charged with second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend, 42-year-old Jorge Torres Jr.
Boone summoned deputies to her home that afternoon, claiming that Torres died after she had zipped him inside a blue suitcase during a game of hide-and-seek, which followed a night of drinking Chardonnay wine and doing a puzzle together.
The woman told the authorities that she and her boyfriend both ‘jokingly thought it would be funny’ if Jorge climbed inside the luggage and she closed it, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by DailyMail.com.
This screenshot from a cellphone video recorded by a murder suspect shows the blue suitcase where Jorge Torres Jr suffocated to death after being zipped up inside by his girlfriend
Sarah Boone, 42 (left), has been charged with second-degree murder in the suffocation death of her boyfriend, Jorge Torres Jr (right)
But her story unraveled after investigators discovered a pair of short recordings on her phone showing Torres thrashing inside the suitcase, repeatedly calling out ‘Sarah’ and telling Boone he cannot breathe.
In the longer of the two videos clocking in at just over 2 minutes, Boone is reportedly heard telling Torres with a laugh: ‘for everything you’ve done to me. F*** you. Stupid.’
The boyfriend continues calling out the girlfriend’s name, telling her, ‘I can’t f***ing breathe, seriously.’
Boone replies: ‘yeah, that’s what you do when you choke me.’
After listening to Torres’ pleas saying he cannot breathe, she says: ‘that’s on you. Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me. You should probably shut the f*** up.’
In the second video with a duration of 22 seconds, the suitcase is seen in a different position than in the first recording, this time facing upward. Torres calls out Boone’s name before she stops recording.
Boone later called 911, telling the operator,’ My boyfriend is dead,’ according to a recording first obtained by Orlando Sentinel.
Boone was arrested in late February in Florida after police discovered videos on her phone showing the woman filming Torres pleading to be released from the suitcase
She continued: ‘my boyfriend and I were playing last night, and I put him in a suitcase and we were playing…like kind of a hide-and-seek kind thing, so…I fell asleep and I woke up and he was dead in the suitcase. I don’t know what happened.’
Boone proceeded to tell the dispatcher that Torres had ‘blood coming out of his mouth’ and speculated that he may have suffered an aneurysm.
She added that her boyfriend had a purple hue when she pulled him out of the suitcase and tried to administer CPR.
‘He’s stiff and he’s purple,’ she is heard telling the operator.
During her initial interview with a detective, Boone said she and Torres were painting pictures, completing a puzzle and drinking Woodbridge Chardonnay when they decided to play hide-and-seek.
Boone said she hid upstairs in the shower, but Torres never went up to look for her.
When she came downstairs, she found Torres in the living room and together they decided to have her zip up Torres in the blue suitcase, leaving two of his fingers sticking out of the zipper.
‘Sarah and Jorge were both laughing that she zipped him into the suitcase,’ the affidavit stated.
At 12.30am, Boone said she decided to go upstairs while Torres was still stuck in the suitcase, thinking that he could get himself out.
Boone got in bed and fell asleep half an hour later. She claimed neither she not her boyfriend were drunk from the wine.
She told the detective she assumed Torres was going to get out of the bag and join her in bed, the affidavit stated.
Torres, a father-of-three, had a history of domestic violence involving Boone. In 2018, he was charged with battery stemming from an alcohol-fueled altercation inside their home
Boone woke up the next morning and stayed in a bed for while. She said she assumed Torres was already downstairs ‘on the laptop looking for employment.’
She finally went downstairs at around 11am and could not find her boyfriend anywhere.
‘Sarah freaked out and remembered the last time she saw Jorge was when she zipped him in the suitcase,’ according to the arrest document.
She then unzipped the luggage and found Torres unresponsive inside.
Boone called her ex-husband, who arrived a few minutes later and instructed Boone to call 911.
Deputies who responded to the residence in the 4700 block of Frantz Lane found Torres’ lifeless body laying on the floor next to a blue suitcase.
The victim had a cut on his lip, bruising around his eye, forehead and shoulder, and nail scratches on his back and neck, according to the document.
During the investigation, Boone gave verbal and written consent to the detective to search her phone, leading to the discovery of the two videos.
During a follow-up police interview, Boone denied getting into a fight with Torres and intentionally leaving him in the suitcase.
She also said she did not remember recording the videos, which she conceded ‘looked “bad.”‘
Boone then reportedly contradicted her original statement to the police, blaming what happened on her and Torres’ alcohol consumption.
Records indicate that the couple had a history of domestic violence.
In June 2018, Boone was arrested on a charge of battery by strangulation targeting her boyfriend, and Jorge was charged with battery stemming from an alcohol-fueled altercation inside their home.
According to an affidavit, Torres told a deputy Boone wrapped her hands around his neck and attempted to strangle him as he was walking upstairs to get away from her after an argument, prompting him to kick her.
A year later, Torres was arrested twice in a span of two months on charges of battery – dating violence.
His obituary reveals that Torres was a father of three. His girlfriend has a son from a previous marriage.
Court records show that Boone pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charge in mid-April. She remains jailed pending a pre-trial hearing scheduled for July 14.
Source: dailymail US