GUTHRIE, Okla. – A Guthrie man is facing a litany of charges including rape, kidnapping and domestic assault after authorities said he beat his wife and held her against her will for hours.
Authorities said it all started the early morning hours of August 15 when the victim was driving her husband to work.
“It’s pretty extreme. It’s one of the more extreme cases,” said Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux.
The husband and wife pulled off near an oil field site in Guthrie where, according to court documents, “he pushed her out of the car, used duct tape to tie her hands where she could not use them and then began to hit her with his fist.”
“When we made contact with her, she had significant bruising about her face and parts of her body,” Devereaux said.
According to the affidavit, the man drove down several back roads, at one point in time stopping at Smitty’s in Langston for gas where he “drove around the parking lot multiple times telling her that if she made a ‘scene’ he would have to kill everyone there.”
They then went to Lake McMurtry in Stillwater where he allegedly “stated that he knew it was over and that he was just going to have to end it.”
Authorities said she somehow convinced him to take her home saying she would make up a story for their family about her bruises.
Back at their house, he allegedly held her hostage in the bedroom but eventually fell asleep.
Her son, who called for help, said “his mother handed him a note that read ‘Gun Drawer Loaded Can’t Move!’”
“Anytime you go into a situation where we believe somebody’s being held against their will inside of a residence, there’s a weapon involved, it naturally changes the dynamic of how we want to handle this,” Devereaux said.
Luckily, authorities were able to enter the home while the suspect was still sleeping and arrest him, putting a stop to a situation that could have ended very differently.
“Several statements were made that, since he knows it’s over, he’s going to end it and so we’re lucky that he didn’t take that path of shooting and committing suicide,” Devereaux said.
The sheriff tells us the woman was in the process of leaving her husband.
We are not identifying him in order to protect the identity of the victim in this case.