FRANKLIN (Dec. 30, 2013) – Police arrested a woman accused of using a box cutter to slice the genitals of a man she believed may have molested her 2-year-old son.
On Saturday morning, police were called to the 300 block of East Jefferson Street, where they spoke with a man who said his girlfriend’s mother—Bonita Lynn Vela—held him captive in a trailer and wouldn’t let him go unless he allowed her to cut his penis.
The 18-year-old man from Avon said Vela and two other people held him for three hours. Vela believed he had molested her 2-year-old son, according to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Police said the man had blood stains and a cut on his penis. He said Vela told him that “she wanted to scar him so that he would have to look at it every time that he had sex in the future.”
When initially interviewed by police, Vela said she’d gone to a friend’s house where she smoked marijuana and told police she wasn’t sure if “if that was the only drug she ingested,” according to the report. Around 3 a.m., she became angry and had a friend get her daughter’s boyfriend as her suspicions grew. She demanded to know if he’d molested her son or messed around with her daughter.
According to a written statement from the boyfriend, he said Vela and two others held him for three and a half hours. He described Vela as “extremely mad” and said she threatened to turn him in for molesting her son. The man said he never touched the boy and told police Vela wouldn’t listen to him because “she was out of control.”
He told investigators Vela was “going to take him out, shoot him in the head and tie him to a tree so the animals (would) eat him.” He said she then told him to drop his pants so she could “cut his (expletive).” If he didn’t comply, “she was going to have people hold him down and she would cut (his penis) all the way off,” the report said.
The man said he was so scared that he did drop his pants. He said Vela tried to stab him with a knife but didn’t draw blood. She then switched to a box cutter. The man said Vela told him he’d “have to choose his life or his penis” and that he should “leave Franklin… or die.” The man said he feared for his life.
In a written statement, Vela said she was loud and shouted at the man to get him to admit to molesting her son. She also said she sent a friend to bring the man to her. Her “anger just grew” throughout the encounter, the report said. The man begged her not to call police and said he’d never touched her son. She said if he “didn’t have anything to hide then he should let her ‘cut him’ and that regardless of what happened he was to leave and never come back.”
Vela said she had the box cutter in her hand, but the man knocked it out of her hand; she told police that’s how the man’s penis was cut. Vela asked police “several times how (the man) was doing and wondered if he was going to ‘make it,’” the report said. She told investigators that she never intended to hurt him and wanted to scare him.
Vela was taken to the Johnson County Jail on charges of criminal confinement with a deadly weapon and battery with a deadly weapon.
Police said the investigation into the molestation claim is ongoing.