COWETA, Okla. - Wagoner County authorities have arrested a Coweta man accused of kidnapping and holding a woman for nearly a week until she escaped Thursday.
The sheriff's office said deputies on Thursday responding to a domestic violence call from Coweta arrived to learn Joshua Pool, 24, had allegedly held his girlfriend against her will for approximately one week.
During that time she was physically restrained, sexually assaulted and strangled, all while in the presence of a child – a 1-year-old who also suffered abuse, according to authorities.
"She had been held against her will for approximately a week and a half, where he wouldn't let her go out. Whenever she made phone calls, they had to be supervised," said Cpt. Dustin Dorr.
She called authorities after making an escape Thursday.
The sheriff's office said Pool fled the residence after he found her gone and fled to Coweta where he hid at a relative's home until he was found and taken into custody by relatives.
Tommie Kent watched deputies surround his neighbor's house. Turns out, Pool was hiding inside.
"We could here them yelling for someone to get their hands up, and we could hear a dog barking pretty loudly as well," he said.
Kent's just relieved Pool is behind bars.
"Feel a little better now, having kids in the neighborhood and stuff like that. Knowing someone like that's not in my neighborhood," Kent said.
Authorities expect Pool will be charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, domestic violence in the presence of a minor child, domestic violence by strangulation and child abuse.
He'll appear before a judge on Friday.
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