A report of domestic violence in the 1200 block of South Ninth Street last Wednesday, Jan. 24, led Sunnyside police to a woman being held against her will. Agustine J. Avalos, 30, was arrested as a result of the discovery.
At just before 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday the Sunnyside Police Department received a report of domestic violence in progress inside the South Ninth Street home. The person reporting told police they could hear a woman screaming inside the home.
According to the Sunnyside Police Department, Officer Gusby arrived at the home and knocked on the front door for several minutes. He reported an uninvolved male inside called the officer into the home. Gusby and other members of the police department entered the home and a search ensued.
Gusby heard a female's voice after being told everyone involved had fled the home. Gusby and his fellow officers searched the home again and discovered an area in the rear of the home where the flooring had been pulled up.
Officers discovered Avalos had gone under the home through the flooring.
A crying female was located and removed from under the home.
The victim reported to police that she had been the long-time girlfriend of Avalos and he had been assaulting her for several days. She showed Gusby the evidence of the abuse she had sustained and told him she had been trying to flee the home when officers arrived, according to the Sunnyside Police Department.
According to the victim's statement to police, Avalos allegedly grabbed her when police arrived and forced her under the home. He forced her to be quiet while there.
The Sunnyside Police Department arrested Avalos on charges of domestic violence unlawful imprisonment and domestic violence assault fourth degree.
Subsequently, police continued to hear movement from under the home and discovered four other adult males hiding in the dirt beneath them.
Code enforcement officers assisted in removing the flooring of the home and they removed the four males from the space beneath them.
The four males who had been hiding, according to police officials, had multiple warrants and were taken into custody.
The residence was deemed uninhabitable and sealed by the code enforcement officials.