Tortured man hogtied, stabbed and burned, deputies say
By Desiree Stennett, Orlando Sentinel
6:21 pm, April 6, 2013
A woman and her ex-boyfriend were arrested after deputies say they tortured her roommate for several hours Wednesday over missing rent money.
The victim was hogtied with duct tape, seared with hot oil and an iron, stabbed, pistol-whipped, beaten and kicked for hours before he was finally able to escape by jumping through a window.
The victim, whose name was not released, told deputies that the suspects tried to shoot him as he ran to a neighbor's home for help.
Lattista Moore, 26, and the victim lived together in a home near Orlando, an arrest report said. When Moore realized she was missing about $3,500 in rent money, she blamed her roommate.
Moore called her ex-boyfriend, 27-year-old Kensy Mehu, and two of his friends to teach her roommate a lesson, the report said.
When the victim was found, the report says, he still had bloody duct tape wrapped around his face. The man had severe burns on his back and right shoulder and numerous stab wounds all over his body, including a large gash on his abdomen.
"The acts were imminently dangerous to (the victim) and demonstrated a depraved mind without regard for human life," the report said.
Both Mehu and Moore were arrested Thursday on kidnapping and attempted murder charges. Deputies have not said if their two friends will be arrested. They were not named in the report.