A Springfield man has been arrested and charged with abduction and assault after allegedly holding a woman hostage for five days, refusing to give her food or water and forcing her to take drugs up to three times a day.
Julien Williams, 23, of Springfield, was arrested Monday afternoon. He appeared in Clark County Municipal Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty. His bond was set at $10,000.
On Monday morning, officers were dispatched to a home in the 500 block of Rice Street in Springfield to attempt to locate the victim, an 18-year-old woman, according to a police report.
Upon arriving at the scene officers met with a witness, who said she called 911 after receiving text messages from the victim saying she was being held against her will by Williams. The victim asked the witness to send police and said that she was inside an apartment in the 500 block of Rice Street, according to the police report.
The witness was then told by the victim that Williams had taken her to a home on Oakwood Place, according to the police report. Officers went there and located Williams’ car, a yellow Monte Carlo.
“Not knowing which house [the victim] was in, officers decided to check house-to-house,” the police report said.
Officers knocked on a home in the 200 block of Oakwood Pl. and after a short time the victim came running out, “crying and very hysterical,” the report said.
Shortly after, Williams came out of the home and was detained by officers.
The victim told police that she and Williams knew each other and at times had an intimate relationship, the report says.
On Wednesday, May 22, Williams allegedly saw the victim walking and offered her a ride. The victim accepted, however, Williams did not take her where she wanted to go, but instead allegedly took her to the Rice Street address, according to the police report.
“Since May 22, [the victim] said she made several attempts to leave Williams and that address,” the report says. “Each time, Williams would block her path, physically restrain her and threaten to kill her if she left.”
The victim said Williams allegedly punched and slapped her, burned her with a cigarette, forced her to take the drug Ecstasy, forced her to undress and clean the house while naked.
The victim told police Williams took her to the Oakwood Place home just before police arrived.
Williams was being held in the Clark County Jail Tuesday.
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