Man holds woman for six days

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown man has been charged with allegedly beating a woman and holding her in a house for nearly a week.

Owen Gunther, 48, was indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury on felonious assault and kidnapping charges after police say he beat a woman and kept her inside a house at 215 Thornton Ave. for six days.

According to a police report taken Jan. 17, the 35-year-old victim told police that on Jan. 11 she and Gunther were inside the Thornton Avenue house where Gunther told her she was “playing with his feelings  because she doesn’t love him.” Gunther than began punching and kicking the woman until she passed out.

The victim told police Gunther wrapped a rope around her neck and choked her until she passed out again. Gunther then allegedly locked the woman inside the house for six days so she couldn’t go to the hospital.

Officers noted in the report that the victim had broken blood vessels in both eyes and numerous cuts and contusions to her face and neck.

Police went to the Thornton Avenue address where they found Gunther hiding in an upstairs attic.

Investigators took a red rope from an upstairs bathroom and knit hats that were lying on a bed as evidence. It was also noted in the report that no utilities were turned on in the house, and that a small dog and cat were turned over to humane agents.

Gunther is currently being held in the Mahoning County Jail.

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