The woman told Springfield detectives she’d been assaulted by Nesser in a domestic violence incident several days before the kidnapping and had reported it to police, resulting in police requesting warrants for Nesser’s arrest.
Shortly after making that report, she was walking behind a fueling station at West North Street and Western Avenue when Nesser walked up behind her, police said, and hit her over the head with a beer bottle.
He dragged her to an abandoned house in the 900 block of Broadway Street where he beat her with a leather belt, choked her until she passed out, and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious, police said.
The woman was placed in the basement and each time she tried to leave, she was beaten harder with the belt, she told detectives.
Eventually he took her to the Executive Inn and rented a room, police said, where he beat, kicked and sexually assaulted her several more times.
Nesser was picked up by police on the warrants that had been requested in the previous case as they walked from the motel.
Detectives later interviewed her at Springfield Regional Medical Center, where she was being treated for the injuries she sustained in the beatings.
The Clark County assistant prosecutor in the case couldn’t be reached for comment Monday afternoon.