Woman Held for Hours in California Apartment Gets Her Captors Gun and Shoots Him

A woman who’d been held against her will in a California apartment managed to get her captor’s gun and shoot him in self-defense early Saturday, authorities said.

The shooting was reported around 12:35 a.m. PDT Saturday, and upon arriving, deputies found the man, identified as Raphael Bhatti, 25, of Thousand Oakseway. Deputies confirmed Bhatti had suffered a gunshot wound.

He was taken to a local hospital, and although serious, the wound was not life-threatening, authorities said.

Meanwhile, authorities were also dispatched at about the same time to the Villa De Los Robles apartment complex in Thousand Oaks, which is nearby. The female victim was found at an apartment and also taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries, authorities said.

Authorities said they learned Bhatti had held the woman against her will for several hours in an apartment. While the victim was in the apartment, Bhatti injured her, pointed a firearm at her and threatened to kill her, sexually battered her and used force to prevent her from leaving, according to authorities.

The woman was eventually able to take the gun when Bhatti was distracted and shoot him in self-defense, according to Sgt. Eric Buschow of the Thousand Oaks Police Department.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Ventura County Star