EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri woman was held captive in a basement room for about a month and repeatedly raped before she was able to escape, according to charging documents filed Tuesday.
The suspect, 39-year-old Timothy M. Haslett of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, was arrested Friday and appeared in court by video Tuesday from the Clay County Jail.
Judge Louis Angles pleaded not guilty on Haslett’s behalf to charges of first-degree rape or attempted rape, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault. He is jailed on $500,000 bail and told the court Tuesday that he needs a public defender to represent him.
The victim was found early Friday wearing latex lingerie and a metal collar with what appeared to be a padlock on the front, Kansas City Star reported. The woman told police she had been picked up in early September, then taken to a home and kept in a small room in the suspect’s basement.
Police removed the lock, which they said restricted the woman’s breathing. She pointed to the home where she was being held when she was taken to the hospital, according to a probable cause statement from a detective.
“He kept her handcuffed at her wrists and ankles. She was able to get free when he took his child to school,” the probable cause statement said. The woman told police that Haslett whipped and raped her frequently.
The Star reported that since Haslett’s arrest, police have been carrying large bags of evidence from the ranch home. They have used a cadaver dog – which can track missing or dead – to investigate the farm and Haslett’s truck.
Excelsior Springs, a town of 11,600, is 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Kansas City.