Man charged with abusing, locking up girlfriend - WNEM TV 5

Man charged with abusing, locking up girlfriend

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(Source: Bay County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Bay County Sheriff's Office)

A 33-year-old Bay City man is accused of beating his girlfriend on multiple occasions.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office asked for help tracking down James Connell.

Connell had several outstanding warrants for his arrest, including kidnapping/unlawful imprisonment, assault and a probation violation.

He was taken into custody on Dec. 6 and remains locked up. Authorities shared shocking details about his alleged attacks.

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The incidents allegedly happened over a three month period.

Court documents show the first incident happened in September at the Northwood Village trailer park in Bay City.

Police said they were called after the victim's nephew witnessed Connell pinning his aunt to the ground.

The couple eventually got back together, but that didn't last.

On Nov. 25, Connell's girlfriend called Bay County Sheriff's deputies saying he assaulted her again, according to court documents.

She said she ran to a bedroom and that's when Connell began drilling screws into the door so she could not escape, the documents report.

He eventually let her out the next morning so she could go to work, according to the documents.

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