March 28, 2014 Jacksonville, Florida (Action4Jax) — A woman was allegedly imprisoned and beaten for two days at an Atlantic Self Storage facility in Jacksonville, Fla., before she escaped on Sunday and was rescued by passersby. The unidentified victim apparently escaped when her captor fell asleep. Two witnesses driving by the property saw the victim naked and bloody outside the facility, and stayed with her after calling 911.
“We drove by the storage unit and observed what we thought was a homeless person,” witness Justin Dhaemers told the source. “We decided to turn around. We were wrong. She was a badly beaten lady, very unrecognizable, like out of a horror story. It was unbelievable.”
Police have arrested Haywood West, 38, and charged him with felony battery causing great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement, and false imprisonment. A second suspect was questioned by authorities but has not been charged. The victim’s daughters told the source their mother was friends with West.
The victim was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, including extensive bruising and bite marks. Her daughters said doctors told them their mother may be permanently blind. The woman was expected to have surgery early this week.
Daughter Mandy said her mother was nearly unrecognizable. “It was not like my mother was laying there. It was like something off TV or something,” she said. “It wasn’t like her at all. Her face was basically mangled and beaten in.”
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