California Man Arrested For Exorcism On Ex-Wife


STOCKTON, Calif. (UPI) — A California woman was unharmed after allegedly being kidnapped by her ex-husband and forced to undergo an exorcism, authorities said.

Jose Magana-Farias, 47, and his son, Victor Farias, 20, were locked up Tuesday in Stockton on suspicion of kidnapping and false imprisonment after they allegedly drove off with the unidentified woman from a Walmart parking lot in Stockton Saturday.

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Jones told KCRA-TV in Sacramento that Magana-Farias and his son believed the woman had undergone some major and worrisome personality changes that led them to believe she had been possessed by demons.

The woman reportedly willingly got into the car driven by the two men, who then picked up two priests and drove to another location where a sacred oil was applied and a religious ritual was performed, the arrest report said.

Jones told KCRA the woman was not harmed during the ritual. The priests were not charged.

Deputies were alerted to the alleged kidnapping by the woman’s roommate.

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