‘I can’t breathe:’ Woman zipped boyfriend inside suitcase, filmed as he suffocated, deputies say
Video shows Sarah Boone told victim: ‘For everything you’ve done to me’
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A 42-year-old Orlando woman is accused of zipping her boyfriend inside a suitcase during a game of hide-n-seek and leaving him to die as he called out her name, according to an Orange County arrest affidavit.
Sarah Boone was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the 4700 block of Frantz Lane in Winter Park around 1 p.m. Monday after Boone reported her boyfriend Jorge Torres Jr. was dead.
Deputies said she told investigators they were playing a game of hide-and-seek and they thought it would be funny if Torres got into the suitcase, according to the affidavit.
Boone told deputies she zipped Torres into the suitcase.
Arrested: Sarah Boone, 42, for Second Degree Murder in the death of 42-year-old Jorge Torres Jr., who died after Boone zipped him into a suitcase, and didn’t return for hours. pic.twitter.com/JCHWG7WNkp— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) February 26, 2020
She told deputies they drank alcohol during the night and she passed out in her bed, according to court records.
Investigators said she told deputies she woke up later and realized her boyfriend was still in the suitcase.
When Boone found Torres unresponsive in the suitcase she told deputies she called her ex-husband who lives a few minutes away. After seeing Torres’ body the ex-husband told Boone she needed to call 911, records show.
Deputies said they found Torres’ body near the front door near a blue suitcase.
Torres had a small laceration on his lip and bruising around his eye, according to the arrest report. He also had scratches on his back, among other injuries, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Boone denied being in a physical altercation with Torres.
The Sheriff’s Office said Boone gave verbal and written consent to let deputies search her phone.
Two videos were found on her phone.
Investigators said one video shows Torres yelling at Boone and telling her he can’t breathe while Boone laughs at his yelling.
“I can’t (expletive) breathe, seriously,” Torres said in the video and Boon replied, “Yeah, that’s what you do when you choke me.”
Deputies said Torres continued to tell Boone he could not breathe and call out her name.
“That’s on you. Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me,” Boone said in the video, according to court records.
According to the arrest affidavit, the video shows the suitcase facing downward with Torres pushing on the suitcase in an attempt to get out. The second video showed the suitcase in another position as if had been moved.
Deputies said Boone could be heard laughing in the video and telling Torres to “shut up" as he called her name.
Boone told Torres this was “for everything you’ve done to me,” according to the video.
When she was shown the videos by investigators, Boone said she didn’t remember taking them and it looked “bad."
After Boone’s inconsistent statements and reviewing the videos found on her phone investigators decided to charge her with second-degree murder.
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