NEW DETAILS: A woman escapes her captors in Levy County

Published: Sep. 1, 2020 at 3:49 PM EDT
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BRONSON, Fla. (WCJB) - A woman escapes her captors after being held for 48 hours.

A 39-year-old woman managed to call 911 on Monday, telling the dispatcher she was held against her will at NE 76th St., east of Bronson. Levy County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the call, finding the victim and then taking her to a local hospital for treatment.

According to arrest affidavits, the victim told LCSO that she met Alexis Crawford, 20, and Christian White, 30, through a mutual friend on Saturday. The victim says she offered to buy pizza for the Clay County couple, who were staying in a shed behind the Bronson home. However, her credit card would not work when they went to go pick it up, and it was during the drive home that things turned violent.

While driving back, the victim says Crawford became angry and aggressive, so she got out of the vehicle. Crawford followed her and drug her back into the car. When they got back to the 76th Street property, Crawford attacked again, this time trying to restrain her with zip-ties.

She escaped those, but says that’s when White hit her with a flashlight.

The woman told deputies that she was then restrained with zip ties, punched, cut, burned, drugged and raped by both White and Crawford over the course of the next day.

The victim says she was allowed to call her son several times in order to keep him from becoming suspicious about why she had not come home. She tried to use a ’code word’ to let him know that he was in danger, but he did not understand in the moment what was happening.

On Sunday, the victim was able to make her escape once White and Crawford had fallen asleep. She got out of the shed and was able to seek help from someone inside the house on the same property. According to the report, at least one person in the home had seen some of the violent acts committed against her. However, because White and Crawford had made threats to hurt anyone who called police, claimed to be connected to a motorcycle gang called the “Outlaws”, and where known to have at least one handgun with them, they did not report the situation.

“In my 27 years of law enforcement, the description my detectives gave me as coming from our victim, this was one of the most horrific crimes that I’ve heard of,” said Lt. Scott Tummond, Levy County Sheriff’s Office public information officer. “The horrific crime and the details the victim gave our detectives just makes me cringe.”

White and Crawford were both charged with false imprisonment, sexual battery and aggravated battery. They are currently being held at the Levy County Detention Facility, and their bonds have been set at $3.25 million dollars each.

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