Boardman woman says boyfriend tried to suffocate her

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Boardman man is behind bars and charged with attempted murder after a woman said he threatened her with a knife and tried to suffocate her with a pillow.

Orlando J. Torres, 58, of Boardman, is in the Mahoning County Jail and charged with attempted murder, felonious assault, domestic violence, and kidnapping.

According to a police report, a woman tried to call police around 9 a.m. Monday from her cell phone to report the attack, but the signal was lost. The cell signal initially led officers to the wrong location, but the mobile provider was able to give police the address of the owner of the cell phone, which led to an apartment in the 4000 block of South Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found a female inside the apartment with a cut on her face and swelling around her eyes.

The woman informed police that Torres had beat her and threatened her with a knife saying he was going to kill her, according to the report.

The couple had been arguing since the night before, and the woman was attempting to leave when Torres became enraged. The two struggled and Torres dragged the woman into a bedroom and punched her several times, the report stated.

The woman said that Torres held a pillow over her face for four minutes and that she became light-headed. She told officers that Torres threatened to kill her if she didn’t stop screaming.

Officers found a kitchen knife hidden in a drawer in the bedroom where the woman said Torres had put it when officers knocked at the door.

Torres was arrested at the residence and taken to the Mahoning County Jail. An arraignment was held Tuesday morning in Boardman Court where bond was set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 14.

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