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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:00 am

A Crestline man, arrested for torture after allegedly beating and holding a woman captive for two days at his home, pleaded not guilty at his in-custody arraignment on March 1. According to a press release from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station, the victim is suffering from traumatic injuries to her head and face.

The Twin Peaks station received a call at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 from a caller requesting a welfare check of the victim. The caller asked to meet with deputies before they went to the residence in the 23900 block of Straight Way in Crestline because he was afraid there would be problems if the deputies went to the location directly. He quoted the suspect as allegedly saying that he “would rather bury her than go to jail.”

Deputies went to the residence of Monte Wayne Shultz, 56, in the 23900 block of Straight Way in Crestline. There, the deputies made contact with Shultz and with the victim, who told deputies that Shultz had beaten and tortured her over the previous two days.

San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to a nearby hospital. The victim was in critical condition.

Deputies and detectives from Twin Peaks assumed the investigation and learned that Shultz is a convicted sex offender. However, in 2013 the Department of Justice suspended his requirement to register with law enforcement, the sheriff’s press release stated.

Shultz was arrested and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino and booked for one count of California Penal Code §206, torture. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Shultz also is charged with one count of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant under PC §273.5(A)-F. He is being held at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Commissioner Ronald J. Gilbert presided over the arraignment, and the case has been assigned to Superior Court Judge Harold T. Wilson, Jr.

The pre-preliminary hearing on March 9 was a formality. At the preliminary hearing on March 13, Public Defender Kelton Tobler represented Shultz. The court ordered that Shultz be given his glasses. A second preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 14, and a minute order from that hearing was not available at press time.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with further information regarding this case should contact Detective Mike Salazar at the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station by calling (909) 336-0600 or call the We Tip hotline: 1 (800) 78-CRIME.

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