Police Allege New Mexico Man Traded Sister For Heroin

A Santa Fe man is accused of kidnapping and raping a 19-year-old Espanola woman police say he considered his "property" after her brother traded her for heroin.

Herman Flores Jr., 24, has been charged in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court with criminal sexual penetration and in Rio Arriba County Magistrate Court with kidnapping, aggravated burglary and threatening or intimidating a witness.

Flores apparently considered the woman his possession and wanted her to bear his children, Espanola police Detective Christian Lopez said.

"It is bizarre," Lopez said. "I've not heard of this happening before."

According to a police report, the woman's boyfriend called Espanola police March 28 to report she had sent him text messages that morning that she was being taken against her will and might be killed.

Espanola police discovered she was with Flores and tracked him to his grandmother's home in La Cienega.

The woman told Lopez she met Flores last September when her brother "was in dire need of narcotics," according to the police report. The brother got drugs from Flores but couldn't pay, and told Flores he could have his sister "and 'do whatever he wanted with her' because she was his property now," Lopez's report said.

The woman told police it wasn't the first time her brother traded her for drugs but that he'd never given "full custody" of her before. Previously, "she would have to go with the males that he would trade her to and then she would be released," police said.

The woman told police she could not flee from Flores "and was told on numerous occasions that she was going to (bear) his children because she was now Herman's," the report said.

After Flores was arrested on outstanding warrants last October, the woman was forced to stay with his family, but managed to escape. She stayed in touch with Flores until December, when she wrote him to say she could not be with him anymore, Lopez said.

Last week, Flores showed up at her door, forced his way inside and demanded she come with him because "she belonged to him" and was his "property," according to the police report.

She locked herself in a bathroom and tried to call her boyfriend, who was out of cell phone range. She left him voice and text messages and stashed two notes in her apartment before going with Flores, police said.

She said he threatened to kill her if she tried to escape or call police.