Woman breaks free after being tortured for days

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After two days of torture, a Missouri woman was able to escape the residence where she was being held Saturday morning.

According to a Facebook post Sheriff Larry Fish, deputies and troopers from the Clinton County Sheriff’s office began making their way to the home on SE Apache Dr. in Lake Arrowhead, Mo., around a four-hour drive from St. Louis, at approximately 9:30 a.m.

He said a woman “escaped from being held against her will and that “while this female was being held against her will, she was severely assaulted and tortured for [two] days.”

She was transported by Holt Fire & EMS to an area hospital, where she was being guarded in “critical condition,” Saturday, according to the sheriff.

Upon arrival, law enforcement crews attempted to get people in the residence to answer the door. When people inside refused, “negotiations began and one resident came out with another held up.”

The individual who was holding another hostage claimed to be “armed and suicidal,” authorities said.

At that point, the Tri-County SWAT team was activated and deployed to the scene. After five hours at the residence, the SWAT team, along with a K9 named Merlin, located suspect James Larson Jr. of Lathrop, Mo., a town located minutes from Lake Arrowhead and took him into custody. Larson had been hiding in a false wall.

He was being held on an unrelated no-bond probation violation warrant Saturday, Fish said. Charges will be filed with the Clinton County Prosecutors Office once an investigation is completed, he added.

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