Charges: Man kept ex-girlfriend prisoner in Olympic National Forest
POULSBO, Wash. -- A 30-year-old Poulsbo man was arrested last week after holding a former girlfriend prisoner for several days, first in the Olympic National Forest then in a shed behind his parents' house, according to charges filed in Kitsap Superior Court. He is also accused of raping his older sister in a separate incident.
According to the probable-cause documents, Jeffery Durham met the victim on Craigslist, and they dated for a while. But, the victim ended the relationship when Durham became "obsessive and controlling."
Earlier this month, Durham convinced the victim to take a drive with him, and they ended up in the Olympic National Forest, where Durham took the victim's clothes, cellphone, credit card and keys, according to the documents. He reportedly kept her there for several days, punching and tackling her when she tried to escape.
According to the documents, Durham transferred the victim to a shed behind his parents' home in Poulsbo, where he again held her against her will and assaulted her when she attempted to escape.
The victim managed to regain possession of her cellphone Aug. 5 and called 911, leaving the line open and the phone in her pocket. The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office was able to find her location because of that.
According to the documents, Durham found out about the call and choked the victim until she nearly passed out. When deputies arrived on the scene, the victim ran out of the shed, saying, "Thank God you found me."
Durham has been charged with domestic-violence assault and unlawful imprisonment and is being held on $300,000 bail.
In addition, Durham was charged last month in a separate incident in which he reportedly raped his older sister after she drank too much and fell asleep at his house back in March.