Craiglist nightmare: OKC woman seeks roommate online, gets beaten in own home

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- One metro woman now has a terrifying warning for people use Craigslist to find roommates.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the man who beat a woman in her own home and held her against her will for days.

She was in need of a roommate so she could make ends meet, so she turned to Craigslist.

Unfortunately, that quickly turned into a terrifying situation.

The suspect, Robert Goodwin, lived in the SW Oklahoma City home only a few days before he allegedly turned his roommate’s life upside down.

Court papers show he demanded sex from the victim. When she said no, the alleged beating began.

She says Goodwin “grabbed a gold metal clock and began hitting her in the head,” then “put his hands around her neck and strangled her.”

“At some point, she’d been beaten unconscious. She woke up and realized she was in the apartment alone. She got up and fled the residence, that`s when police were notified,” Oklahoma City Police Department MSgt. Gary Knight said.

Officers interviewed the victim at the hospital.

She tried to call 9-1-1 during the attack but says Goodwin took away her phone, and when she tried to leave, she said Goodwin “would grab her by the hair and drag her back into the apartment.”

Diana Lynn is the victim’s mother.

“She was scared to death and just shaking, so I couldn’t leave her,” Lynn says. “She’s scared to death of going to court. She didn’t even want to press charges because she’s afraid he’d come back and for sure kill her.”

Goodwin never showed back up when the victim came home from the hospital.

“We lock the doors, put a chair up against it,” Lynn said.

Thankfully, the victim is going to be okay. Police saying this is a clear reminder to be careful with people you come across online.

“Any of these online places you make purchases from or meet people through, they're just like the real world. There are spots on there that are very dangerous,” Knight said.

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