CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man is facing multiple charges after a missing woman was found being held captive and "severely beaten" inside his home, police said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the 43-year-old woman was being held at 35-year-old Jamuel Alston's home in the Hickory Grove division. Police said the woman was last seen at her home around 11 a.m. on March 26 and was then allegedly found at Alston's home the next day.
Police say they caught a break on Winery Lane where they found the victim's vehicle parked outside a condo. Investigators say the detective decided to go to the unit and knock on the door.
They say Alston answered.
"What words are you going to say to a guy – cause we're thinking she's dead right. We don't have a search warrant. We don't have probable cause so what conversation are you going to have with a guy to get inside that home?" said Lt. Susan Manassah. "They start saying her name. All of a sudden we can hear her and we go in there and find her."
Police say the missing woman was badly beaten.
"I can deal with dead people all day long," Lt. Manassah said. "You show me a live person suffering and that rips right through my soul because that shouldn't happen to any human being."
Police say the victim thanked investigators.
"She mouths to them thank you all right. She knows the fact that these guys saved her life" Lt. Manassah said.
Jamuel Alston was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, rape, kidnapping and possession of firearm by a felon in the case, police say.
"The woman, whom he [Alston] had dated briefly, has very serious but not life-threatening injuries," police say. Officers said the woman was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries. A police report states that the victim had "severe lacerations."
CMPD tweeted about the incident just after 10 a.m.
Officers released this statement on Wednesday:
WBTV is choosing not to release the victim's name.
According to South Carolina online records, Alston has criminal history that includes assault with intent to kill, attempted strong armed robbery, criminal domestic violence, cruelty to children and and malicious injury to animals.
If you have any information, you can call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.