Crestline man arrested after torturing woman for 2 days, deputies say

CRESTLINE, Calif. (KABC) -- A man was arrested after holding a woman captive and torturing her for two days in the San Bernardino Mountains, according to authorities.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said it was called to do a welfare check in the 23900 block of Straight Way in Crestline on Monday.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they said a woman was found suffering from traumatic injuries to her head and face.

The victim told deputies she had been beaten and tortured by 56-year-old Monte Shultz for the past two days.

"She was also cut, possibly with some cutting instrument," Gil Flores with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department explained.

The woman was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. She was later upgraded to stable condition and officials said she was expected to make a full recovery.

The sheriff's department said Shultz and the victim knew each other, but did not elaborate how they knew each other.

Shultz, a convicted sex offender, was arrested and booked for torture. His bail was set at $500,000.

Anyone with information that could aid detectives in their investigation was urged to call the Twin Peaks Station at (909) 336-0600.
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