A Lexington man accused of torturing a woman with a knife in a motel room for nearly five hours faces unlawful imprisonment and assault charges, according to police.
Robert Patton, 35, was arrested at 5:35 a.m. Tuesday, almost two weeks after he fled when a woman escaped from a room he occupied at Day's Motor Lodge on Versailles Road, police said.
Police were called to the motel about 2 p.m. July 23. The woman, who had multiple injuries, had been held in the room from about 9 a.m. until 1:55 p.m., police said. She was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
According to court documents, the victim and the suspect were in a relationship. The victim had been away for a few days when she returned to get her things and end the relationship.
Patton became angry and prevented her from leaving; he stripped off the woman's clothes, bound her wrists with duct tape, punched her multiple times in the head and body, held a knife to her throat, carved letters with the knife into her back, made cuts on her body and held her head underwater in the bathtub, according to court documents.
After hours of torture, he took the duct tape off the woman and told her that it was her chance to run, according to court records. She got dressed and fled to a neighbor's apartment, where she called the police. She had two swollen black eyes and multiple cuts and bruises when police arrived.
Patton was arrested at 1416 Versailles Road, which is listed as his address. It's a short distance from Day's Motor Lodge.
His criminal record includes convictions for sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and assault.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 12.