While Boone did admit to zipping her boyfriend, Jorge Torres Jr., inside of a suitcase, her narrative was different from the one presented by cellphone footage discovered by the investigators called to the crime scene.
According to Boone, the two were under the influence of alcohol while playing a game of hide-and-seek and thought it would be funny if Torres got into a suitcase. Once he was inside, Boone zipped it shut. It seems like Torres was not aware that Boone intended to zip the bag fully closed after he got into it.
Boone told the officers that after she zipped it, she went into another room and fell asleep for several hours. When she woke up, she noticed several missed calls on her cell phone and realized that Torres was still trapped inside the suitcase and had been the entire time she slept. When she unzipped it, she found him unresponsive and called 911. The first responders on the scene pronounced him dead shortly after.
However, according to Fox News, two videos were found on her cell phone that painted a more sinister story. Supposedly, the first video showed Boone mocking and yelling at Torres while he was trapped.
The second video allegedly showed the blue suitcase in a slightly different position from the first and showed Torres struggling to escape. He kept calling out Boone’s name. The article says that the footage showed the bag moving as Torres tried to push on the top and break free.
According to the NBC News piece, in response to Torres’ suffering, Boone allegedly laughed at him. She appeared to act out of vengeance, saying that she was keeping him trapped in there “for everything you’ve done to me. F*ck you.”
“Yeah, that’s what you do when you choke me,” Boone allegedly yelled when Torres told her he couldn’t breathe.
“That’s on you. Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me,” she also allegedly yelled.
Arrested: Sarah Boone, 42, for Second Degree Murder in the death of 42-year-old Jorge Torres Jr., who died after Boone zipped him into a suitcase, and didn’t return for hours. pic.twitter.com/JCHWG7WNkp
— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) February 26, 2020
Per the Fox News article, deputies discovered that Torres had a mild laceration on his lip and some bruising around his eyes. Boone has denied getting physical with Torres. An autopsy will be performed to determine his exact cause of death.
Boone was arrested by officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and will face a potential second-degree murder charge.