Teen Says Ex-Boyfriend Locked Her in Shed for 11 Days

Teen's ex-boyfriend, Francisco Gamiz IV, charged with confinement, sexual abuse.

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    Francisco Gamez IV

    A 20-year-old Hammond man kept his ex-girlfriend and her daughter captive in a shed behind his house for 11 days, police allege.

    Francisco Gamez IV was charged Friday with rape, criminal deviate conduct, three counts of criminal confinement, sexual battery and strangulation, the Northwest Indiana Times reported.

    According to court documents, the 17-year-old victim said Gamez:

    • punched her on the side of her face...
    • got her to the ground and kicked her in the stomach...
    • threatened to punch her in the face if she didn't perform oral sex on him...
    • raped her repeatedly...
    • choked her...
    • threatened to kill her...

    Much of the alleged abuse took place in a shed behind the home of one of Gamez's relatives.  The shed resembled living space, with drywall, tile floors and electricity. It also had an air mattress, television and a PlayStation system.

    The teen girl and her daughter eventually got away on Sept. 27 when Gamez went to work.  She said she ran to a nearby McDonald's and used a stranger's cell phone to call her grandmother.

    In his report, a Hammond police sergeant reported seeing marks on the girl's neck.

    If convicted, Gamez faces up to 20 years in prison.