Temecula, CA- Back in January, 23-year old Justin Moore sent a photo of his genitals to several friends as a joke. One of those friends was the 17-year old daughter of William Atwood Sr., 45, and he did not think the joke was very funny at all. Atwood called the Sheriff’s Department and reported Moore for sending pornography to a child, but before detectives could investigate the claim, Atwood told deputies that Moore came to his home uninvited. Deputies found Moore at Atwood’s home naked, tied up and scared shit-less. Moore told the deputies that Atwood called him and invited him to come to his home to discuss the photo. Moore said when he arrived, Atwood was holding a shotgun, ordered him out of his car and then fired a shot. Moore said Atwood pulled him off the ground by his feet which resulted in him injuring his shoulder. Moore said Atwood told him he had connections with the Pechanga tribe and was going to have him buried on the reservation.
Moore said he believed that Atwood was going to kill him and a short time later, Atwood pulled out a handgun and a stun gun. He said Atwood ordered him to strip down to his boxer shorts, and tied him up. He said Atwood then shocked him on the shoulder with the stun gun for about 20 seconds and then asked him how he liked it. Moore said Atwood kept him there for about an hour before Atwood finally called the police. Atwood admitted telling Moore to take off his clothes and says he bound his wrists and ankles with zip ties.
Investigators determined that Moore had received a call from Atwood about an hour before he called authorities. They also found a text message Moore had sent to a friend while on his way to Atwood’s house that said he was going to discuss the pictures. “If I don’t get back, let everyone know,” he joked. Atwood’s home was searched and investigators seized zip ties, two stun guns and more than a dozen firearms. Atwood was charged with making criminal threats, false imprisonment, assault with a stun gun, assault with a deadly weapon and other gun charges. Moore was not charged in connection with the photo for lack of evidence.