Orange County

Winter Park woman facing murder charges after leaving boyfriend in suitcase for hours

WINTER PARK, Fla. — A woman is facing second-degree murder charges after she zipped her boyfriend inside a suitcase and left him in there for several hours, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Sarah Boone, 42, is being held without bond in connection to the death of Jorge Torres, Jr.

Around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, deputies responded to the 4700 block of Frantz Lane in Winter Park after Boone reported that Torres was deceased.

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Boone told deputies the two thought it would be funny if Torres got inside a suitcase in the living room during a game of hide and seek, the arrest affidavit states. She then zipped him inside it.

Boone told deputies the two had been drinking alcohol that night and she went upstairs and passed out in her bed with Torres still inside the suitcase.

She woke up several hours later to her cellphone ringing multiple times and went downstairs. She did not see Torres anywhere in the apartment. She “then realized that he was possibly still inside the suitcase,” the arrest affidavit states.

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She unzipped it to find Torres inside, unresponsive and not breathing. He was pronounced dead by responding Orange County Fire Department a short time later.

A small laceration was on Torres’ lip as well as some bruising around his eye.

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Video found on Boone’s phone showed Torres repeating yelling her name. In the video, Boone says, “For everything you’ve done to me, (expletive) you. Stupid." Boone is laughing in the video too, according to the affidavit.

Torres is heard saying, “I can’t (expletive) breathe.”

She replied, “That’s on you. That’s what it feels like when you cheat on me," and “that’s what you do when you choke me,” and that he “should probably shut the (expletive) up.”

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The video shows the suitcase facing down and Torres inside, pushing on the suitcase in an attempt to get out, the affidavit states.

Boone is expected to appear before a judge Wednesday.

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