YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to beating his girlfriend and holding her in a house on the city’s north side.
Owen Gunther, 48, appeared before Mahoning County Judge Scott Krichbaum facing felonious assault and kidnapping charges. He was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury last week.
Gunther is being held without bond pending a hearing with Mahoning County Judge Lou D’Apolito.
Police say Gunther held a woman inside a house at 215 Thornton Avenue for six days in January while he beat her and kept her from getting medical help.
According to a Jan. 17 police report, Gunther choked the woman until she passed out and locked her in a room in the Thornton Avenue house. After nearly a week, the woman managed to escape and call police.
Gunther was found hiding in the attic of the house. A red rope and other items were taken from the house as evidence.