A lady who mentioned she’d been held captive and raped in a Missouri residence was sporting a canine collar and appeared to have been certain when she began banging on doorways and pleading for assist final week, neighbors mentioned Monday.
Ciara Tharp and Lisa Johnson spoke to NBC affiliate KSHB of Kansas Metropolis three days after Timothy Haslett Jr. was taken into custody on fees of rape, kidnapping and assault in Excelsior Springs, 28 miles northeast of Missouri’s most populous metropolis, the Clay County Sheriff’s workplace mentioned in a press release.
The girl reported the allegations to authorities at 7:47 a.m. Friday, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
Minutes earlier than, Johnson noticed the lady hunched over and showing to crawl up her entrance steps, asking for assist, the station reported. Johnson seen the canine collar — it seemed like a do-it-yourself shock collar — and ligature marks round her wrists and ankles, in accordance with the station.
When Johnson grabbed the cellphone to name 911, the lady ran away, saying the person who’d held her captive would kill them each, in accordance with the station.
Tharp mentioned her grandmother, who lives subsequent door, heard a lady knocking on the door, saying: “‘You need to assist me, I have been raped. I have been held captive,” KSHB reported.
The girl appeared skinny, weak and barely clothed, with ligature marks, a metallic canine collar and what gave the impression to be duct tape hanging from her neck, as if it had been pulled down from her mouth, Tharp advised the station.
Tharp’s grandmother took her in and offered meals, water and a blanket, the station reported. The girl advised the grandmother that she’d been held within the basement since final month and that she escaped after her captor left the home Friday morning, KSHB reported.
The sheriff’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. It wasn’t instantly clear whether or not Haslett has a lawyer to talk on his behalf.
Haslett was taken into custody after authorities searched his residence and the Kansas Metropolis police crime scene investigators processed the scene, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.