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A Tennessee Woman Claims She Was Held Captive For Months In A Closet. Her Boyfriend Is Now Accused Of Kidnapping.

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Source: Dyersburg Police Department; Unsplash

Mar. 17 2023, Published 1:50 p.m. ET

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A Tennessee man was charged with kidnapping after holding his girlfriend captive in a closet for two months, police said.

Around 1:30 p.m. on March 11, officers received a report about a possible domestic complaint in Dyersburg, according to the Dyersburg Police Department.

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A man was working in the area when a female approached him and claimed she was kidnapped weeks earlier and had just escaped, police said.

Officers responding to the scene found the alleged victim hiding under a nearby home. Police said the 40-year-old woman had cuts on her face and was very thin, weighing under 100 pounds.

Police said the woman told investigators that for about two months “she was forced to stay in a closet that was locked by some type of locking device with a cable” and she “was only allowed out of the closet for an hour a day” and “was provided very limited food and no bathroom facilities.”

Detectives were able to locate the house where the woman said she was held against her will. Investigators recovered evidence, including human waste inside the residence as described by the victim, police said.

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The woman stated her alleged captor was 30-year-old Brenton Bell, who she was in a relationship with. However, she said their romantic involvement “turned physically abusive,” which “led to her being held captive.”

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Around 6:45 p.m. on March 15, Bell was located, arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping, officers said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released. Officials said she was also provided with additional services for victims of domestic violence.


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