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Florida Woman Flees Suspected Kidnappers Accused of Holding Her Captive in Dog Cage

florida woman flees kidnappers locked in dog cage
Source: Orange County Sheriff's Office

Aug. 19 2023, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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A Florida woman was allegedly kidnapped, beaten and locked in a dog cage before she was able to escape and ask neighbors for help, according to authorities.

Around 2:10 p.m. on Aug. 12, police responded to a residence in Pine Hills after they say a woman in her 40s was able to escape her alleged kidnappers and ask neighbors for help, WFTV reported.

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Once at the scene, deputies found the woman with minor injuries, officials said.

A stand off occurred at the residence, with deputies circling the home and demanding its occupants come out. After about five hours, officials said everyone inside was taken into custody, WFTV reported.

Investigators said four people were taken into custody: 37-year-old Monica Latresis Reed, 19-year-old Damon Andrew Tromp, 21-year-old Kevin Rudolph Holmes, and 39-year-old Cortez Marenso Bernard Jackson.

According to court documents, the suspects allegedly all worked together to tie the victim’s hands and force her into a car while they were threatening her with a gun.

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The suspects then forced the woman into a dog cage in a shed in the backyard to get information about a stolen item, according to the arrest affidavit.

When talking with police, the victim said Reed also pistol-whipped her, WFTV reported.

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All four of the suspects were charged with armed kidnapping and false imprisonment with a weapon. Reed was also charged with aggravated battery for allegedly pistol-whipping the victim.

According to WFTV, Reed was previously arrested eight times with accusations ranging from burglary, criminal mischief, battery, witness tampering, stalking, to hitting a pregnant woman. Jackson also has more than a dozen arrests including drug charges, robbery, domestic violence and attempted first-degree murder.


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