Woman Allegedly Held Captive for Two Months in Locked Closet by Boyfriend Escapes

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A Tennessee woman who said she was held captive in a locked closet managed to escape, leading to his arrest, the Dyersburg Police Department said in a statement.

The woman, 40, was found by police on March 11, when another male citizen said she approached him and said that she had been kidnapped two months earlier. She weighed less than 100 pounds at the time of her discovery, with multiple cuts on her face.

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“The victim reported that, for approximately two months, she was forced to stay in a closet that was locked by some type of locking device with a cable,” the department relayed, adding that she was “only allowed out of the closet for an hour a day.” 

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The woman also did not have access to a bathroom and was given very little food, police said. The suspect, identified as Brenton Bell, 30, was at first at large but has since been arrested.

“Bell and the victim were in a relationship, and according to the victim it turned physically abusive and led to her being held captive,” police said in a statement. “Bell is wanted for aggravated kidnapping. He is described as being a black male, 30 years of age, approximately 5’5, weighing 150 lbs.”

The woman was quickly taken to West Tennessee Healthcare Dyersburg, where she was treated and released. She has since been provided with services for victims of domestic violence, police added.

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