OKLAHOMA CITY - Police say a woman suffered three days of abuse in her boyfriend’s car before she finally escaped to a local hospital.
Brian Roland Mance II, 39, faces one count of kidnapping and three charges of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The victim told police Mance attacked her at various locations around the metro, stabbing her leg 17 times with a Phillips head screwdriver, burning her thigh with a soldering torch, sticking her arm with a throwing knife, pistol whipping her twice in the head, hitting her with a metal baton and punching her in the eye.
“It was pretty severe,” said Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Ashley Peters. “And obviously it constituted enough probable cause for the DA for a warrant to be issued.”
Originally, the victim was hesitant to come forward and tell her story, according to court documents. She was at one time listed as missing, but when officers contacted her, she didn’t disclose her injuries or any abuse.
It wasn’t until later, when her boyfriend of five years stopped by a friend’s house, that she decided to escape to a hospital.
Reluctantly, she agreed to tell officers what happened.
Janet Peery, CEO of the YWCA, says fear isn’t uncommon in domestic abuse victims.
“They believe it’s their fault, they believe they deserve it, and they still love the perpetrator,” she said. “They don’t love the abuse.”
Yet some of the most dangerous moments in an abusive relationship are when a victim decides to leave, or even thinks about leaving.
Peery wants people to know there are others who want to help. The YWCA has a 24/7 hotline set up and shelters to protect the abused and vulnerable. The hotline number is 1-800-522-SAFE.
“There’s help, there is a way out, there are resources,” Peery said.
The key, Peery said, is creating an environment in which victims are comfortable going forward.
“Listening to that victim’s fear and acknowledging that instinct is probably one of the key factors in keeping her safe,” she said. “You have to tell someone and for the community, we have to listen.”
Officers caught up with Mance June 7, after running license plates at a local hotel. They arrested him at gunpoint and found the screwdriver and torch in his car, which has been impounded.
His criminal history includes a misdemeanor conviction for domestic abuse as well as past felony convictions.