August 23, 2023

USA: Louisville Police Were Called To A Home After Calls Came In From Neighbors Reporting A Woman Screaming For Help. She Was Being Held Captive By Ex-Boyfriend Who Chained Her Up By The Neck.

UPDATE 8/26/23 at 9:49pm: Added video below.

NewsNation published Aug 24, 2023: Picture of Man arrested after chaining woman to floor: Police. Police in Kentucky rescued a woman they found chained to the floor of a home in Louisville last week. The Louisville Metro Police Department was alerted to the incident on the evening of Aug. 16, after neighbors reported hearing a woman “screaming for help,” the LMPD said. Retired FBI Special Agent Robin Dreeke weighs in on "Banfield."

PoliceActivity published August 21, 2023: Police Rescue Woman Found Chained To Floor inside Louisville Home.
WDRB News - Official published August 17, 2023: Louisville woman found chained up in a home near Park Hill neighborhood shares her story of survival. A 37-year-old Louisville woman who was found chained and locked up inside a home is sharing her story of survival as police look for the man responsible. Jonna Wilson was rescued by police and firefighters Wednesday, Aug. 16, inside a home near the Park Hill and Algonquin neighborhoods off Dixie Highway.

WDRB News,
written by Valerie Chinn
Monday August 21, 2023

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the first time, we're seeing the moments officers and firefighters rescued a Louisville woman who was chained to the floor of a house last week.

Monday, the Louisville Metro Police Department shared body camera footage of Jonna Wilson's rescue with WDRB News.

LMPD Second Division officers Anthony Roach and Richard Isaacs were called to a house on Bolling Avenue last Wednesday, Aug. 16. Wilson, 37, had kicked out a window on the second floor and was screaming for help while chained up in a home she once shared with her estranged boyfriend, Moises May, 36.

Officers couldn't get into the home through the front door because it was barricaded. Neighbors who called 911 told officers about a ladder on the side of the home they could use to get in, which they found and used to reach Wilson.

"I turned around and looked in the window and could see the chain around her neck and she was crying hysterically so I had to get in there and get her out safely," said officer Isaacs, with LMPD's Second Division.

"The most surprising thing is probably the extent he went to lock her in there," said officer Roach. "Every single window was bolted shut. Every single door had screws in it. He made sure he barricaded the house pretty well."

"Only the side entrance, there was only one key, a dead bolt and obviously he had the key," said Isaacs.

Last week, Wilson shared her story of survival with WDRB News.

"As soon as I seen him lock the door, I knew I wasn't going to get out," Wilson said.

She said she was dog chained.

Officers said the way she was chained was comparable to that. The officers found an ax and started hitting the chain that was connected to the floor. Sparks flew and they were able to free her. Firefighters were able to break down the front door. Then, they cut the chain from around her neck.

"The only thought I had on it is that God created an opportunity for her and he gave her the strength to get her out of that situation and he also had community members outside that were willing and engaging enough to call us and do their part to help also," said Roach.

WDRB talked to Wilson again on Monday. She said she was very appreciative of the officers who rescued her and wanted to thank them.

"Be strong, know that there is always help, find the strength to know you can do this and get out of that situation," said Isaacs when asked if he had anything to say to her.

Wilson said she's now trying to pick up the pieces after such a traumatic experience.

"Thank God she is OK," said Roach.

May was arrested Friday and charged with kidnaping, wanton endangerment, assault, terroristic threatening and harassment. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in court Saturday morning and remains behind bars at Metro Corrections downtown. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 28.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by domestic violence, there are multiple 24 hour hotlines that you can call.

LMPD crisis line: 1-844-237-2331
National DV Hotline: (800) 799-7233
Center for Women and Children: (844) 237-2331

written by Natalie Musumeci
Wednesday August 23, 2023

A woman who was held captive and chained to the floor of a Kentucky home managed to bust out a window and yell before authorities ultimately saved her, according to a police report.

Body camera footage released this week by the Louisville Metro Police Department shows the frantic moments after officers arrived at the two-story home where the woman was trapped on August 16.

Concerned neighbors had reported someone screaming for help, police said in a statement.

The main door of the home was barricaded, forcing officers to use a ladder to climb to the second-floor broken window of the house. Once inside, they found a sobbing woman with a large chain around her neck that was secured with a padlock and bolted to the floor with screws, the video shows.

Police used a hatchet to free the woman, who was then treated by medics.

Two days later, the Louisville Metro Police Department arrested a 36-year-old man on a slew of charges including kidnapping, assault, and harassment, records show.

He has pleaded not guilty in connection to the charges. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney representing him.

According to an arrest citation obtained by Insider, the two got into an argument on August 14 that turned physical, with police alleging the man grabbed the woman and held her down "while he used a machete to cut off a majority of her hair."

The woman was "slapped around" before she fled the home, the report says. When she returned again on August 16 to get her belongings, police said the suspect chained her up and threatened to kill her, according to the arrest report.

"By leaving the victim chained up in the house with no way of calling for help or leaving," the suspect "manifested an extreme indifference to the value of human life by engaging in conduct that created a risk of serious physical injury or death to the victim," says the arrest report.

"The victim was able to bust open a window and scream for help," the report adds.

The Louisville Metro Police Department said in a statement that it hopes the arrest "will offer some type of relief" to the woman officers rescued.

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