UPDATE 5 p.m. Wednesday: The San Luis Obispo Police Department announced Wednesday that they have requested prosecutors file an additional charge of attempted murder against Timothy John Hayes.
As of Wednesday evening, no formal charges had been filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
Hayes remains in County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Original story: A San Luis Obispo man was taken into custody Monday night on suspicion of binding his girlfriend with tape and brutally assaulting and burning her before she could escape.
At about 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the Chevron station on the 100 block of Santa Rosa Street after an employee reported an assault victim inside the business.
When police arrived, they found a 27-year-old female with significant injuries, including burn marks, lacerations and bruises covering her entire body, as well as tape tangled in her hair, according to Lt. John Bledsoe.
The victim was allegedly attacked by Timothy John Hayes, 33, at his residence on the 500 block of Jeffrey Drive, investigators said. She told investigators that Hayes bound her with tape and assaulted her with a knife, scissors and a pool cue and burned her with kitchen utensils.
She said she endured the attack for about two hours before she was able to calm Hayes down and persuade him to loosen the tape enough for her to run to her car and drive for help.
Officers responded to Hayes’ home and arrested him without incident. He was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of torture, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic battery, false imprisonment, mayhem and making criminal threats.
Officers later secured a warrant to search the home and allegedly found numerous items of evidence consistent with the scene of an assault, including the same tape found in the victim’s hair and various tools and weapons the victim told investigators were involved, Bledsoe said.
Based on Hayes’ demeanor at the time of arrest, Bledsoe said Hayes was possibly under the influence of a controlled substance, but that was still undetermined.
Bledsoe said the victim and Hayes knew each other and had a dating relationship. He said that she was emotionally traumatized by the incident and was admitted to a local hospital.
Bledsoe praised the woman’s bravery for talking her assailant down and escaping the situation.
On Tuesday, Hayes remained in County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.