17 06 2008

Deputies: Man Tied Disabled Girlfriend To Wheelchair

Woman’s 8-Year-Old Daughter Escapes Unharmed

16 June 2008



Madison, N.C. — A man who tied his disabled girlfriend to her wheelchair Saturday afternoon at a home in Madison, N.C., was arrested after the woman’s 8-year-old daughter escaped and called 911, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Dean Venable said.

Police said 34-year-old Darlene Brown had left to visit relatives, but returned to find her boyfriend of 10 years, 46-year-old Thomas Pruitt, drinking alcohol and upset with her.

Deputies said the two got into a verbal argument, then Pruitt tied her to the chair with a pair of underwear and kicked her after she fell over trying to escape.

Deputies said when they arrived at the home they found Brown partially naked, lying face down on the porch.

“She was attempting to break away when she fell over,” Venable said.

A K-9 unit was brought in to assist in the search for Pruitt, who was located a short time later.

He was charged with communicating threats, kidnapping, assault on a female, assault by strangulation, resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was also charged with interfering with emergency communication after deputies said he had destroyed the couple’s telephone.

Venable said Brown’s daughter, who was not injured, was able to call 911 from a neighbor’s house.

Pruitt is being held in the Rockingham County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

Venable said deputies had responded to the couple’s home earlier in the evening but found no evidence that any crimes had been committed.




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