McAllen police charge 2 suspects accused of torturing man
McALLEN — The McAllen Police Department on Saturday arrested two men accused of tying up another man and torturing him for two hours.
Officers arrested Adam George Goldstein, 36, of Mission and Gran Teejai Bumagat, 35, of McAllen on Saturday.
They're charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony, and unlawful restraint, a third-degree felony.
The investigation started at 12:37 a.m. Saturday, when the McAllen Police Department responded to a call about an aggravated robbery on the 4100 block of Bluebird Avenue.
A woman said she had received a call from an unknown number. The caller said the woman’s son was being assaulted at a home on Bluebird Avenue.
A police officer approached the house and heard a man yelling for help.
“As I opened the door, I observed a male wearing a black leather jacket on the floor facing up asking for help,” according to McAllen Municipal Court records.
The man had severe injuries, including “blood all over his face,” bruising and at least four cracked ribs, according to court records.
The man said his friend “Butch” — who police believe is Adam Goldstein — picked him up and took him to Gran Bumagat’s house.
When they arrived, Goldstein and Gran Bumagat tied the man up with electrical cords.
“Gran and Adam began beating him up,” according to court records, which recount what the man told police.
Gran Bumagat and Goldstein beat the man with an iron pipe, waterboarded him and choked him with a wet towel, according to court records. During the assault, Gran Bumagat accused the man of stealing from him.
In police reports written after Gran Bumagat and Goldstein were arrested, officers wrote the man had been placed in a medically induced coma and suffered “4 to 12 shattered ribs.” Doctors also placed the man on a ventilator because his right lung had filled with blood.
Gran Bumagat and Goldstein remained at the Hidalgo County jail Wednesday and couldn’t be reached for comment.
If convicted on the second-degree felony charge, they face 2 to 20 years in prison and afine not to exceed $10,000.