Man Attacks, Tortures Girlfriend Over Facebook Status: Cops

Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010  |  Updated 9:01 AM PDT
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Man Attacks, Tortures Girlfriend Over Facebook Status: Cops

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We've heard about the dangers of posting a Facebook status that indicates you're house is empty or you hate your boss. But how can Facebookers protect themselves against a supposed loved one who becomes violent after reading a status update?

That's what authorities say happened in Hanford, California when a man became engaged over his girlfriend's Facebook status that led him to believe she she was cheating on him.

Police say Anthony Lozano tortured and imprisoned his girlfriend for four days while their children were in the house. Kings County Sheriff's deputies arrested 36-year-old Lozano at his Hanford home over the weekend on suspicion of false imprisonment, kidnapping, torture and other charges.

Lozano accused the 23-year-old victim of having an affair after he saw the Facebook message, Sheriff's Cmdr. Dave Putnam said. Lozano allegedly grabbed the woman's hair, dragged her and threatened to kill her before choking her with a rope and a towel.

Putnam said the couple's 3-year-old child and the victim's 13-year-old were in the house at the time.

Lozano remained in Kings County custody Monday evening. His bail is set at $725,000.

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