A 50-year-old man was arrested Friday after police said he severely beat and imprisoned a woman for a week in Athens.
Mr. John Howard Newton was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, aggravated stalking, false imprisonment, criminal trespass and obstructing 911 call, according to Athens-Clarke County police.
Around 8 p.m., officers responded to a complaint of an injured woman who was being held captive at a home on East Broad Street, police spokeswoman Ms. Hilda Sorrow said.
When officers arrived and knocked on the door, a man they later identified as Mr. Newton exited and closed the door behind him.
“He told them there was no problem,” Ms. Sorrow said. “When officers explained when they were there, Newton knocked on the door and yelled for a female to open the door. Once the female allowed the officers inside they saw that she had been severely beaten."
The 51-year old victim told police she had been held at the residence since last Aug. 30.
“At one point she tried to call 911, but Newton took her phone and broke it,” Ms. Sorrow said.
The woman was transported her to Athens Regional Medical Center, but her condition was unknown Saturday.
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