Man beat woman with frying pan, held her captive over 2 days

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Edward Venteroso

LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. — A man is in custody accused of imprisoning a woman over two days and beating her.

Edward Venteroso had been living on Kristy Harris’ property but was not allowed to contact her due to a previous assault.

On Tuesday, Venteroso entered Harris’ home and assaulted her multiple times.

“Venteroso allegedly refused to allow Harris to leave the house, or seek medical attention,” Daniel L. Bender, of the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, told KDVR. “He allegedly damaged Harris’ phone in an attempt to prevent her from calling 911.”

Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, deputies received a 911 call. When they arrived at the home, Harris fell out onto the ground on her hands and knees and begged for help. Police said she was bloody and semi-conscious after apparently being beaten with a cast iron frying pan.

Harris was hospitalized with head and ear injuries.

Venteroso was arrested on a charge of first-degree assault, violation of a protection order, false imprisonment and obstructing of telephone service.


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