A California man is behind bars after police say he brutally beat and “waterboarded” his wife, 30 years his senior, in January.
The Los Angeles Times reports that that Richard David Schlosser, 35, is accused of torturing and beating his 65-year-old wife in their Newport Beach apartment off of the 2700 block of Newport Boulevard on January 9. According to Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Mark Geller, Schlosser “kept her captive in the apartment for hours.… He actually waterboarded her.”
Court documents indicate that the incident happened while the suspect was out on bail on an unrelated charge stemming from a 2016 domestic violence case in Riverside. He pleaded not guilty on the pending case and bailed out of jail on $50,000.
With the latest incident, police officers arrived to Schlosser’s apartment after someone called requesting a welfare check on the victim. According to Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella, the responding officers “identified a reason to believe a crime had occurred and entered the home to investigate.” After investigating, authorities arrested Schlosser on the same day. He was later charged with numerous felonies in connection to the alleged beating.
The victim told authorities that Schlosser hit her with a candelabra, punched her, cut her with scissors, and kicked her. He’s also accused of shoving a towel in her mouth and pushing it down her throat, according to court documents. The victim was hospitalized for her injuries.
The suspect’s wife filed a restraining order against him in January, stating that he attacked for around five to six hours. When she failed to appear at a hearing in February, a judge dropped the order.
Schlosser remains in custody at the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana on a $2 million bail. If convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison.
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[Feature Photo: Richard David Schlosser/Orange County Jail]