Police on the Florida Panhandle have arrested a 26-year-old man who allegedly held a woman against her will for nearly a week while beating, burning, and raping her.
The Springfield Police Department said the victim contacted them on Wednesday and said she’d been held for five days and subjected to brutal treatment. Officers said the woman had injuries that corroborated her information.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for the location where the victim said the attacks took place and found Jamar Gerald Hakeem Toler hiding in a closet.
Toler has been charged with sexual battery, aggravated battery, domestic violence battery by strangulation, and kidnapping. He was also charged with two counts of child neglect. Investigators also arrested Robin McNulty, 31, and charged her with accessory after the fact on Toler’s child neglect charges and two counts of child neglect of her own, according to jail records.
Police did not say how the child neglect charges came into play.
It’s not clear how the victim escaped to contact police, but detectives said the case is still under investigation and more charges are expected.
Toler is being held on a $295,500 bond, while McNulty’s is set at $77,000.
Police asked anyone with information to contact Investigator Aaron Wilson at (850) 558-5301. Anonymous tips may be submitted to CrimeStoppers at (850) 785-TIPS.
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[Featured image: Jamar Gerald Hakeem Toler and Robin McNulty/Bay County Sheriff’s Office]