PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Boyfriend and girlfriend Rafael Freitas and Joylinn Gelpi each faced a judge on Wednesday, accused of kidnapping a homeless woman who said she has Asperger's syndrome, and holding her against her will here in a basement apartment on Drolet Avenue in Pawtucket.
Police said the 28-year-old victim was forced to stay in the basement, with no access to food, water or a restroom. The victim also told police she had been burned with a lighter, hit with a belt, and at times, tied up with an extension chord for long periods.
Gelpi and Freitas are also accused of using the victim's EBT and SSI money for personal expenses.
Last Thursday, the 28-year-old victim was found at the Providence Amtrak station where she told police what happened. She says over the past month she was physically and mentally abused.
Neighbors in the community where she said she was kept were very surprised by the allegations.
"It's actually quite a shock actually because this is a pretty quiet neighborhood. I know people in almost every house around here. People are always friendly there's always kids playing and people walking their dogs," said Matt King.
Gelpi and Freitas faced a slew of charges including kidnapping and involuntary servitude. Freitas is also charged with first degree sexual assault.
In court we learned Gelpi had an extensive criminal past including s conviction in Texas of aggravated sexual assault on a child.
She also has been convicted of abuse on child, elderly and disabled person.
Gelpi and Freitas were held without bail. They are both due back in court on November 22.