BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 is asking questions about a man Bay Minette police arrested Monday, May 20.
Bay Minette police said Mario Mendez held a woman against her will for three days at his home. While there, police said he mentally and physically abused the woman.
According to FOX10's previous reports, along with jail records, this isn't the first time Mendez has held a woman against her will inside his home.
In 2011, police told FOX10 News Mendez held a knife to a woman's throat and threatened to drown her in a bathtub.
Two years earlier in 2009, police said Mendez was charged with pouring toxic drain cleaner all over a woman's body.
Despite those serious charges, FOX10 News could not find any convictions related to those crimes when we searched online court records.
We wanted to know why Mendez was never convicted.
The Baldwin County District Attorney's Office responded by releasing this statement:
"According to the files on the earlier case, the victim in the 2009 case said to law enforcement on multiple occasions that she lied and that she was the one who actually threw the acid when he tried to block it she got some of it on herself. In the more recent case in 2011, another female victim also recanted her story and told law enforcement officers that she had lied, so the grand jury no-billed that case. This points to deeper, darker issues surrounding domestic violence, and we will be looking at those earlier cases as well as this one going forward."
In court on Wednesday, May 22, Bay Minette Judge Scott Taylor set bond for $500,000 for Mendez's kidnapping charge and $500,000 for his domestic violence strangulation charge.
Mendez is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful imprisonment and probation violation.
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