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Nevada motel captive: Woman held captive by ex-boyfriend, detained by threats

Nevada motel captive: Woman held captive by ex-boyfriend, detained by threats
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A Nevada motel captive is speaking out this week after what she claims was a harrowing experience that left her trapped for nearly six months. A woman revealed to state authorities that she was detained against her will by an ex-boyfriend and former felon in a small motel, and was given frightening threats should she try to escape. The CS Monitor explains the details on these shocking kidnapping allegations this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

The Nevada motel captive has been identified as 26-year-old Sheena Herschbach. She has recently come forward to authorities, stating that 34-year-old Jason Edward Greniger, the woman’s ex-boyfriend, held her as a literal captive for months. He is now expected today in court and faces kidnapping and other serious charges. Greniger is currently being held at the Las Vegas Clark County jail until his court appearance begins.

If convicted on the kidnapping and detainment charge, the man — who is a former felon, the victim alleges — might face up to $15,000 in fines and a total of 15 years behind bars. Court officials have not confirmed whether Greniger has a lawyer at this point in time.

“Greniger was arrested Saturday in Mesquite, a Nevada resort town located roughly 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, once his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend, Sheena Herschbach, told police authorities that the victim's ex-boyfriend, Greniger, used serious threats to hold her against her will for nearly six months.”

According to a Mesquite official, the Nevada motel captive added that Greniger utilized both verbal threats and promises of physical violence that he would hurt her, her family, and others that she cared about if she attempted to leave. Herschbach added in her statement that he would often physically prevent her from leaving the small motel room, blocking the door and keeping a very close watch on her.

The official law enforcement report noted that the 26-year-old woman was permitted to leave the motel room rarely in order to buy food or beer, but she was told by ex-boyfriend Greniger that he would hurt or even kill her if she tried to escape or go to the police. The Nevada motel captive was said to be in total fear for her own life, and that of her children, following her eventual escape.

The circumstances surrounding her threatening detainment and escape have not been made clear at this time. Police are continuing to investigate the kidnapping case, and more details are expected to be made public after the suspect's court appearance this week.