‘She’s do­ing great’

Al­berta woman jumps through glass win­dow, es­capes to safety in South Carolina

Cape Breton Post - - News -

Po­lice say an Al­berta woman lured to the United States with a prom­ise of mod­el­ling work was in­stead held against her will in a trailer and jumped through a plate-glass win­dow to es­cape.

“She sure did,” Creed Hashe, chief deputy in Pick­ens County, S.C., said in a tele­phone in­ter­view Fri­day.

Hashe said there was no an­swer when of­fi­cers ar­rived at the trailer’s door, but they heard a scream and some­one run­ning in­side sec­onds be­fore the woman dove through the win­dow into the front yard.

“She was treated and re­leased at a lo­cal hospi­tal. Her and her fam­ily are on the way back to Canada. She’s do­ing great in con­sid­er­a­tion of ev­ery­thing she’s been through,” he said.

Po­lice said the woman, de­scribed only as be­ing be­tween the age of 18 and 25, flew to At­lanta last week for what she be­lieved was a mod­el­ling job and had been talk­ing with the ac­cused for a cou­ple of months.

He agreed to pay her $15,000 for her work which would not in­volve “nu­dity or acts of sex­ual be­hav­iour,” said Hashe.

He said the ac­cused paid for her air­line ticket to At­lanta and picked her up.

Po­lice al­lege she was held cap­tive and sex­u­ally as­saulted af­ter he threat­ened her safety and the safety of her fam­ily in Canada. They said the or­deal lasted five days, but she was al­lowed to con­tact her fam­ily via Face­time as her cap­tor watched. Some­how she was able to sig­nal her lo­ca­tion and give clues that she was in dan­ger.

Her fam­ily con­tacted the RCMP who no­ti­fied lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. They man­aged to track the cou­ple by us­ing cell­phone sig­nals.

“There were some au­thor­i­ties in Canada who started that process. Af­ter we were no­ti­fied, we started the tech­nol­ogy down here,” Hashe said.

“The in­for­ma­tion we were re­ceiv­ing back was bounc­ing be­tween mul­ti­ple coun­ties, so there was a de­lay in lo­cat­ing them be­cause they were mov­ing in a ve­hi­cle.”

Po­lice said they broke into the bar­ri­caded trailer where they found a sus­pect in a rear bed­room. They say he held deputies at bay with a knife to his own throat be­fore fi­nally sur­ren­der­ing.

“A lot of times I guess peo­ple put too much con­fi­dence in the In­ter­net or so­cial me­dia. Some­times they get lured into things that are not as le­git or as gen­uine as they wanted them to be,” Hashe said.

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