Madison County

Richmond man faces felony charges of kidnapping, assault

A Richmond man faces felony charges of kidnapping and assault in the alleged abduction and beating of a woman, police said Thursday.

Richmond police took Jesse W. Baugh, 28, into custody Tuesday. He remains in the Madison County jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.

The allegations date to April 25, when police were dispatched to a home in the 400 block of Big Hill Avenue to investigate a reported assault. Upon arrival they met a woman who said Baugh had assaulted her that evening in a room they shared at the Hines Motel, where he allegedly struck her in the face and left her with a black eye.

Officers were unable to find Baugh at the time of that report, police said in a release.

On Monday, the same woman reported to police that Baugh had kidnapped and assaulted her. She said Baugh came to her workplace and threatened to harm her and her daughter if she did not go with him, police said.

Baugh took the woman to a garage in the 600 block of Westover Avenue where he tied her up, held her against her will, strangled her until she passed out and repeatedly hit her with various objects, including copper electrical wiring, police said.

The woman escaped from the garage when Baugh was distracted, police said. After running away, she was picked up by someone who took her to Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center, police said.

The woman suffered injuries to her eyes and severe bruising over her entire body, police said. On Tuesday, police obtained a warrant for Baugh's arrest, charging him with kidnapping and second-degree assault.

Later that day, Richmond police found Baugh as a passenger in a vehicle on Turpin Drive and took him into custody.

Baugh faces an additional charge of fourth-degree assault in connection with the April 25 incident, police said.