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Woman says man tortured and beat her while holding her captive
PORT ARTHUR - A woman says she took advantage of a small window of opportunity to escape from what investigators describe as 5 weeks of torture and abuse.
The woman and Port Arthur Police say her former boyfriend beat and assaulted her.
Jermaine Champs didn’t answer any questions Monday night while police were taking him to jail.
“Really a rough situation being held captive for that amount of time and being physically abused,” said Major Raymond Clark.
Major Raymond Clark said what started out as a dating relationship between champs and a woman turned into something else.
“Abruptly turned bad on her to the point she was held captive and sexually assaulted numerous times,” said Major Clark.
The woman told police champs beat, tortured and sexually abused her for five weeks inside his home in the 700 block of Nashville in Port Arthur.
She told police she waited for the right time to escape. That time came Monday afternoon.
Police says Champs drove himself and the woman here to the Dollar General on Gulfway. The woman said Champs got out of the vehicle, but left the keys in the ignition. That's when she told police she hopped in the driver seat and drove to safety.
“She knew she needed to time that correctly that she might be harmed even more,” said Major Clark.
“Every time I seen him and her it looked like he was doing her some good, she wasn't crying or looking crazy,” said Larry Lewis.
Champs cousin is defending him.
“Man, she's got him sounding like somebody I don’t' even know,” said Lewis.
Police are gathering more evidence against champs.. While they say his former girlfriend is finally free.. After five weeks of torture and abuse.
A Judge set the suspect's bond at $1,000,000 on a charge of aggravated sexual assault. He's behind bars at the Jefferson County Jail.