Alleged victim of kidnapping, torture recounts last weekend's ordeal in Arnold
An Alle-Kiski Valley woman who police say was stripped and beaten last weekend touched a cigarette burn on her chest during an interview Thursday.
“I just can't get it out of my mind,” said Angel Mangol, 21, who is now staying in several places in the Valley.
As recently as last weekend, Mangol was living in a house along 16th Street in Arnold.
But Mangol told police said she was attacked by the man with whom she lived for about three weeks and his two female friends who she didn't know.
Arnold police charged Michael Joseph Battaglia, 41, of 16th Street, Arnold; Stephanie Renee Unruh, 30, of Victoria Avenue, New Kensington; and Devon Hamilton, 25, of Clay Avenue, Mt. Pleasant, with felony kidnapping to inflict injury or terror, and aggravated assault.
“He promised he would help get me off heroin,” said Mangol, a Highlands High School graduate and mother of two.
“I never would have imagined something like this would happen,” she said. “This came out of nowhere.”
She alleges Battaglia helped her get over being dope sick from heroin withdrawal by giving her another drug. Although he would yell, at times, he didn't hurt her, she said Thursday.
A fidgety Mangol scrunched up her 4-foot 11-inch, 90-pound frame and rested her elbows on her knees in a seat at a New Kensington restaurant during an interview Thursday.
Mangol drained a strawberry milkshake and frequently touched a cigarette burn on her upper chest, a few inches from a tattoo that pledges love for her sons.
She showed a reporter two cigarette burns, rope burns and lacerations, bruises and contusions, and said her head still hurts from being hit.
Mangol said one of the women told Battaglia that Mangol wasn't taking good care of Battaglia's 4-year-old daughter when she visited the home.
“That set him off,” she said.
“I didn't not take care of her,” Mangol said. “The girl liked me and even started to call me Mom.”
Police said the three suspects, without warning, stripped her clothes from her Saturday night and tied her up in the basement.
“I couldn't scream,” she said. “They shoved a sock and some rope into my mouth.”
Mangol said Battaglia punched her many times, and all three used a wooden broomstick to hit her on the back of her head.
She alleges that Hamilton pushed a lit cigarette on her chest.
Mangol said she was tied up for about eight hours before she was able to flee nude to another house and get help.
Battaglia, Unruh and Hamilton are charged with felony aggravated assault for what police said was “manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
At their arraignments, each denied the charges.
“Yeah, they denied it. Well, it happened. Look at these marks,” she pointed to her arms.
Mangol said she is recovering physically, but emotionally she is a mess.
“It keeps coming back,” she said.
She talked 20 minutes before it became too much.
“I have to go,” she said, literally sprinting through the restaurant to leave.