Terry S. Pruitt, 32, of 230 Good Hope St., who was also injured by a police canine when he tried to flee the scene, was charged Friday with four felonies as a result of the incident.
Cape Girardeau police responded to 230 Good Hope St. on a domestic assault call to find blood splattered and a pool of blood near the front door of the residence, said Cpl. Jason Selzer, spokesman for the police department.
One of the responding officers noticed a man later identified as Pruitt peeking out through a window, and the man told the officers "she's OK," when they knocked on the door, Selzer said.
Looking into the foyer of the residence from the doorway, officers noticed a woman in the room, clad in only a bedsheet, her body covered with fresh cuts and what appeared to be lash marks, Selzer said.
Pruitt refused to open the door, and canine officer Jeff Bourbon and canine Toben circled the residence just as Pruitt attempted to flee by breaking a rear window of the house.
Bourbon issued a warning to Pruitt, Selzer said, and when the man persisted in trying to run, Toben bit him in the right leg, just below the knee.
Pruitt continued to resist, causing officers to Tase him twice, Selzer said.
The victim was transported to an area hospital, and Pruitt taken to a different hospital, where he refused treatment, Selzer said.
Interviews with the victim revealed that Pruitt allegedly held her captive for about two hours while he beat her continuously, striking her with a broom handle until it snapped, then using fists and whipping her with an electrical cord while she was nude, Selzer said.
Pruitt faces charges of domestic assault, felonious restraint, resisting arrest and armed criminal action. Bond has been set at $250,000 cash only.
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