A woman was detained, raped and assaulted for weeks at a Missouri home until she escaped last week, wearing a metal collar, and sought help from neighbors, police said in court documents.
The suspect, Timothy Haslett Jr., 39, was arrested on Friday and charged with first-degree rape, aggravated sexual offense, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault, according to a complaint filed with the Circuit Court of Clay County, Missouri.
Police found the woman Friday wearing a metal collar with a padlock, latex lingerie and duct tape around her mouth, the Excelsior Springs Police Department said in a probable cause statement filed Friday.
The woman told police Haslett picked her up in early September and kept her in a small room in his basement, holding her wrists and ankles in handcuffs, police said in the document. The woman said Haslett repeatedly raped her and whipped her while she was held hostage, police said, adding that the woman had back injuries.
The woman said she was able to escape while Haslett took her child to school, police said.
Ciara Tharp and Lisa Johnson, neighbors who spoke to NBC affiliate KSHB of Kansas City Monday said after the woman escaped last week, she began knocking on doors and asking for help.
The woman reported the allegations to authorities at 7:47 a.m. Friday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Haslett was taken into custody Friday in Excelsior Springs, 28 miles northeast of Missouri’s most populous city, the sheriff’s office said.
Minutes prior, Johnson had seen the woman bent over and appearing to crawl on her steps, asking for help, the station reported, citing an interview with Johnson. Johnson noticed the dog collar — it looked like a homemade shock collar — and ligature marks around her wrists and ankles, according to the station.
When Johnson grabbed the phone to call 911, the woman fled, saying the man who had held her captive would kill them both, Johnson said, according to the station.
Tharp said her grandmother, who lives next door, heard a woman knock on the door saying, “’You have to help me, I’ve been raped. I was held captive,” KSHB reported, citing an interview with Tharp.
The woman appeared thin, weak and scantily clad, with ligature marks, a metal dog collar and what appeared to be duct tape hanging from her neck, as if it had been pulled from her mouth, Tharp said. at the station.
Tharp’s grandmother took her in and provided her with food, water and a blanket, the station reported. The woman told the grandmother that she had been held in the basement for the past month and escaped after her captor left the house on Friday morning, Tharp told KSHB.
The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It was not immediately clear whether Haslett had an attorney to speak on his behalf.
Haslett was taken into custody after authorities searched his home and Kansas City Police crime scene investigators processed the scene, the sheriff’s office said.