STANFORD, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky discovered a lacking 16-year-old North Carolina woman beneath a entice door within the bed room of a 34-year-old man after the person’s mom known as authorities to report a home dispute between the 2, in keeping with arrest experiences.

When deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Workplace arrived on the house on Christmas Day, Zachary Jones advised them the woman had fled, however his mom disputed that and deputies started looking to test on her security, the experiences mentioned. She was discovered “inside a mattress room in a reduce out door within the ground coated by a rug,” the report mentioned.

Deputies later decided that she had been reported lacking from Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Dec. 6.

The woman advised deputies that Jones picked her up after making contact a couple of weeks earlier and that he initially advised her he was 19. Once they met and she or he questioned why he appeared older, he advised her he was 25, however she came upon after attending to his house and assembly his household that he was 34, the experiences mentioned. She mentioned he threatened her and advised her to inform individuals she was 18.

She advised officers that he had a gun and had threatened to kill her a number of instances and that on the day they have been discovered, that they had used medicine and he had choked and assaulted her, the arrest experiences mentioned.

Jones was initially taken into custody as a result of he tried to destroy drug paraphernalia that deputies discovered within the house whereas trying to find the woman, experiences mentioned.

Jones admitted utilizing medicine together with her and having an altercation, however he denied choking her, one report mentioned. Marks have been seen on her throat, it mentioned. Jones and the woman each mentioned that they had intercourse on a number of events, and Jones admitted to luring her through the use of an digital system and taking her from her grandmother’s house in North Carolina, the experiences mentioned.

He was charged with a number of crimes, together with third-degree rape, illegal imprisonment, assault, strangulation, possession of a managed substance and illegal transaction with a minor.

It wasn’t clear whether or not Jones has an legal professional, however he advised WKYT-TV from jail that the woman appeared older and he was making an attempt to assist her when drove to North Carolina to choose her up.

“Her grandma kicked her out. She didn’t look like that age (16). She had every kind of piercings,” Jones mentioned.

He additionally mentioned he did not conceal her when police started looking his house.

“She hid on her personal free will. She was truly within the mattress when cops first got here in there,” Jones mentioned.

The woman’s grandfather, Eugene Baughman, advised the station that she ran away from her grandmother’s house, and so they reported her lacking after shedding communication together with her.

Baughman mentioned he does not assume Jones was making an attempt to assist the teenager.

“I don’t assume he was rescuing anybody. I believe he was looking for one other particular person to victimize,” Baughman mentioned.

Jones’ mom advised WRAL-TV in North Carolina that she thought the woman was an grownup.

“I requested him how outdated she was. He mentioned, ‘She’s 19.’ So, I took that as the reality,” Rhona Jones advised the station. “I believed him, as a result of loads of ladies appeared older than they’re.”

She additionally mentioned the woman did not look like held in opposition to her will.

“To me, she willingly got here with him,” Rhonda Jones mentioned. “I simply really feel like, they’d most likely been speaking. I don’t understand how lengthy he’s been texting her. From what the cops mentioned that she was sad the place she was at, and she or he felt like she was cared for and got here with him.”

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