A business man has come forward to share the grueling 30-hour kidnapping saga he survived at the hands of a trans influencer and two men.
The trio lured him to her southeastern Brazil apartment, where she, her boyfriend and another man threatened to kill him before forcing him to transfer money more than $8,000 into their accounts.
The victim, whose name is being withheld, told news outlet G1 that he met Vitória Guarizo, 25, through a dating website and was invited to her São Paulo home on May 18.
Guarizo, who has over 1 million followers on Instagram, used the name of Camila Flores on the site and told the man that she had just arrived from Dubai and had been beaten by her boyfriend, Gabriel Meneses
Guarizo and Meneses were taken into custody Tuesday on torture and robbery charges. The third suspect is still on the run.
The man said that they agreed to meet at Guarizo’s residence and at one point invited him to her bedroom before Meneses and the fugitive suspect pummeled him.
Brazilian trans influencer, Vitória Guarizo (pictured) and her boyfriend are facing robbery and torture charges in São Paulo. They were arrested Tuesday in connection with the beating of a businessman she is said to have lured to her apartment in May after meeting him through a dating website
The victim, a businessman whose name has not been released, told Brazilian news outlet G1 that he was held in captivity for 30 hours at the home of Brazilian trans influencer Vitória Guarizo after meeting her on May 18 and that he was beaten repeatedly by her boyfriend and another man, and also forced to drink a beverage and take four pills before he handed over his bank account passwords and woke up in his car after having passed out
‘One (suspect) pulled me by the leg, another pulled my arm and I started to fight with them, and I knocked down the curtain and everything, until he put his hand on my throat and I became asphyxiated,’ he recalled.
The victim though that he was going to get killed during the assault as the captors used a blowtorch to burn his arm and ankle.
‘I have marks like that on my arm. I had burns that remain until today, which shouldn’t go away. And my ankle, too,’ he said. ‘(There were) threatening with a knife, punching my face. I got (a bruise) on my face.’
In order to hide any traces of the attack, the victim said that Guarizo told her accomplices that she did not ‘want a drop of blood in the house’ and that one of the men assured her that they would ‘kill him, put him in the truck.’
He said that Guarizo prepared a beverage and instructed both men, ‘Make him drink the juice, guys.’
He remembered the drink had a bitter taste to it and that he was also forced to take four pills prior to giving up his passwords to his bank account and unlocking his cellphone.
Brazilian trans influencer Vitória Guarizo reportedly instructed her boyfriend and another man to make sure there was no blood in her apartment during the beating of a man she met on a dating app and lured to the home on May 18
The man showed off the burn marks that remain on one of his arms after he was tortured with a blow torch
The suspects transferred $105 to Guarizo’s account and $4,015 into Meneses’ account.
The second man threatened to hack him with a knife if there weren’t enough funds remaining for him in the account.
‘He kept holding a knife and saying, ‘I’m going to dispose of your body if I don’t have money, at least 10,000 (Brazilian reais; about $2,113) for me. I have a truck, then I’m going to cut your body up,’ the victims said.
The suspect proceeded by transferring $4,438 into his account. The rest of the money was sent to other people.
The suspects also used one of his victim’s credit cards to book hotel reservations in Rio de Janeiro and Maresias.
The man passed out from the drugs and woke up inside his vehicle in the São Paulo southern neighborhood of Moema.
In addition to the body burns, he suffered a detachment in the retina and a nose injury.
He has been attending therapy sessions due to the trauma that he was exposed to – Guarizo even sent him a message in June claiming she didn’t recall what took place during their date and that she was interested in seeing him again.
‘I go to therapy because you’re afraid of everything, right? You lose a bit of your freedom that you had to be calm,’ he said. ‘I spent a long time going to the park to run and with palpitations.’