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Woman says she was held, tortured for days

Posted July 15, 2010

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— The on-again, off-again boyfriend of a Wayne County woman bound her with telephone wire and locked her in a closet for several days before she was able to escape, authorities said Thursday.

Wayne County sheriff's Capt. Tom Effler said the 24-year-old woman was trapped inside the home of Earl Travis Deans Jr. and tortured, leaving her covered in burns and bruises.

"She had been beat. She had been burned with a curling iron, and also, the suspect had cut all her hair off," Effler said. "So, she went through a tough time for about three days."

Authorities said she was being treated at Wayne Memorial Hospital Wednesday, but her condition was unclear Thursday evening.

Deans, 34, of 409 Little Dove Road in Pikeville, faces a number of charges, including one count each of second-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault on a female.

He was in the Wayne County jail in Goldsboro Thursday evening under a $103,000 bond.

Woman says she was held, tortured for days Woman says she was held, tortured for days

Investigators said the woman and Deans had gotten into a domestic dispute on Sunday and that he tied her with a telephone cord whenever he left home and stuck her in a bedroom closet.

Sheriff's deputies found her Wednesday morning while responding to a call about an injured woman at a neighbor's house.

"(Deans) left that morning. She was able to get loose from her binds and she exited the house," Effler said.

Deans' criminal record, which dates to 1997, includes a conviction for assault on a female and simple assault, according to state Department of Correction records.

He served three months' jail time for a 2008 conviction for resisting an officer and violations of his probation for assault on a female and larceny in 2007.

Following his arrest Wednesday, authorities also arrested Deans on outstanding charges of five counts of failure to appear in court and two counts of failure to pay child support.

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  • wildcat Jul 16, 2010

    Run if he comes your way ladies!

    That is an under-statement. There are many desperate women out there who want a man in their life, and will settle for anything. Sad but true.

  • wildcat Jul 16, 2010

    Don't get involved with anyone who has such a past.

    If the ladies don't know the man, then they will not know his past. He will not tell them that. Be safe ladies.

  • wildcat Jul 16, 2010

    I hope in time and with strong counseling, this lady will make it. The man should be put in prison for the rest of his life without parole. Ladies be aware of the company you keep with certain men. How well do you know this stranger? Do anyone know you have a relationship with him? Are you being secret to others who you are seeing? Do you go out in the public eye? Are do you stay behind closed windows and doors to be alone with him? Be safe so that you can live a long time.

  • Sassie10 Jul 15, 2010

    It would seem a very low bail for someone actually torturing and kidnapping someone. this guy obviously has some loose screws and does not need to be back among the population until treated and rehabilatated...if that is possible with such a person. I just wonder how it would be treated if it was someone in a political or highly public job?????????????????

  • celong Jul 15, 2010

    Don't get involved with anyone who has such a past. You are putting yourself at risk.

  • deyday Jul 15, 2010

    Looks like his record says he has a driving violation, theft charge, various assaults against a female and unpaid child support as well, not a good candidate for a boyfriend or mate. Run if he comes your way ladies!

  • nonemeant Jul 15, 2010

    $103,000 bail!! That means he can be released when some well meaning person gives him $10,000. My God. What in the world?? His bail should be much higher because if he gets out, he will do all within his power to harm this young lady again.

  • delilahk2000 Jul 15, 2010

    I HOPE SHE GETS OK. FOR HIM HE SHOULD BE TREATED THE SAME WAY, BUT TO SOME THAT WOULD BE CRUEL PUNISEMENT. HE SHOULD NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAIN FOR WHAT HE DONE TO HER..

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 15, 2010

    "I say an eye for an eye."

    Ditto. Put him in prison with his arms and legs bound.

  • Lickad Jul 15, 2010

    With all of the false accusations as of late, I am a little leery of the accusations.

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