Wednesday, May 9, 2012
LITTLE ROCK Authorities in Tennessee arrested a man wanted in Garland County on accusations he kidnapped a woman, tied her up and tortured her over two days.
Jason Ripley, 36, was arrested just before 3:30 a.m. at a hotel in Sevierville, Tenn., police said. He is facing charges of kidnapping and first-degree battery.
The 22-year-old victim told investigators she was at her friend's home when Ripley came over, got mad at her, covered her face with a shirt and drove her to a camper. There, he tied her hands and face, burned her with cigarettes and a torch, beat her with a plastic jug of frozen water and tortured her with a stun gun, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
Ripley is also accused of forcing the woman to take pills that caused her to lose consciousness. Police say it's possible she was raped.
The woman reported the incident to police after escaping and walking to 3323 Highway 7 North.
Ripley was arrested with 28-year-old Samantha Wright, who was jailed on charges of possession of a controlled substance and hindering apprehension or prosecution.
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