Woman Brutally Beaten, Tortured in Front of Her Kids, Husband Sought

The search continued Friday for a Westminster man who brutally beat and tortured his wife, leaving her for dead, police said.

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Rodolfo “Rudy” Cisneros, 37, of Westminster, is seen in this photo provided by the Westminster Police Department. (Credit: KTLA)

Rodolfo “Rudy” Cisneros, 37, was considered armed and dangerous, according to a news release from the Westminster Police Department.

The investigation got underway after police responded on the night of Jan. 24 to reports of a possible domestic dispute at a home in the 13000 block of Iowa Street (map), authorities said.

When officers arrived, they found the 32-year-old Shawna Cisneros handcuffed and unconscious in a bathroom, officials said.

“That female was bound with handcuffs and duct tape in a shower and she appeared to have been severely beaten and tortured,” Westminster police Sgt. Cameron Knauerhaze said.

The victim was taken to a hospital and treated for numerous injuries. She has undergone reconstructive surgery and was in stable condition, police said.

Rudy Cisneros took off and jumped over a back wall before officers arrived, according to the police department.

Investigators learned that the husband argued with his wife while their four children were also at the home, police said. Police believe that he may have been reacting to news that she had gone back to school and intended to get a job.

He attacked her and assaulted their 13-year-old daughter, authorities said.

“The 13-year-old daughter made a courageous, courageous effort to intercede in the fight, at which time her mom was being beaten. She then escaped outside a window to run to a neighbor’s house,” Knauerhaze said. “We truly believe that the victim was left for dead at the house.”

The victim, who was identified Friday, was the subject of a fundraising website that was raising money to pay for her medical bills.

Investigators obtained a warrant for Rudy Cisneros’ arrest for attempted murder, torture, mayhem and a number of other felony crimes, officials said. He was considered armed and dangerous, according to the police department.

Cisneros was described as Hispanic, standing 5 feet 5 inches inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with short brown hair.

Anyone with information on Cisneros’ whereabouts was asked to contact the Westminster Police Department at 714-898-3315 or Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.

KTLA’s Kacey Montoya and Rick Chambers contributed to this report.