A 25-year-old Vian man was charged Wednesday in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw with kidnapping and domestic abuse – assault and battery.
Thomas P. Young Jr. is accused of confining his girlfriend against her will from Dec. 25 to Jan. 12 and of beating her with a horse whip and punching and slapping her repeatedly.
Young pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday and the case was placed on Associate District Judge Kyle Waters Feb. 14 disposition docket.
According to the investigator’s report filed with the charges, the 23-year-old female victim, also a resident of Vian, told investigators that the suspect was “high on methamphetamines” on Dec. 25 and accused the victim of “sleeping with other men.” On Dec. 25 the suspect, according to the victim, hit her so hard on the left side of her face that she fell to the floor and “her ears were ringing.”
The victim told investigators the suspect “threatened to hurt her if she tried to leave and she believed he would as he had in the past.” The victim said she tried to leave, but the suspect would not let her, and one time grabbed her as she tried to run out the door. She said the suspect then dragged her into the bedroom and “began hitting her with a horse whip and a rope.”
The investigators reported there were numerous bruises on the victim and a large lump as the side of her head.
The victim told investigators that on Jan. 12 the suspect said the victim could go to her father’s house, which she did and from there she contacted police.
Sheriff deputies arrested Young at his mother’s home on Jan. 12.
The kidnapping charge is punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years. The assault and battery charge is punishable by imprisonment of up to four years and a fine of $5,000.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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