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University Heights police searching for woman suspected of torturing 23-year-old in apartment

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Posted at 9:30 PM, Dec 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-22 21:30:59-05

CLEVELAND — University Heights police are searching for the woman suspected of torturing a woman inside an apartment Friday afternoon.

Elvia Ibanez, 37, is suspected of assaulting a 23-year-old woman who police found with cuts and stab wounds inside an apartment in the 2100 block of Kerwin Road.

When crews went into the apartment, they found an unresponsive 23-year-old woman with wounds all over her body. Police said that their investigation indicates the woman had been tortured for "an extended period throughout the day."

Police believe Ibanez attempted to set fire to the apartment, setting off an alarm and causing her to flee. The alarms alerted fire crews who, once on scene, found the 23-year-old woman.

The woman was transported to a nearby hospital. Police said that she is in stable condition.

Ibanez is wanted for attempted aggravated murder, aggravated arson, aggravated burglary and kidnapping, according to police.

Anyone with information regarding Ibanez’ whereabouts should call police immediately at 216-932-1800.

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