SALINA, Kan. — Three people have been arrested after a Salina woman was held against her will, severely beaten and left for dead.
Salina Police Captain Mike Sweeney says the incident happened Monday at a house in the 600 block of South 9th Street.
The 34-year-old woman was allegedly punched, kicked and beaten for more than six hours, Sweeney said. He says she was then wrapped in a blanket, driven to north Salina and dumped in an alley.
The woman's friend found her. She is now recovering at Salina Regional Hospital from a broken back, broken eye socket, and broken cheek bones.
Police say they learned of the attack Tuesday when a local high school student showed a school resource officer a picture the student had received on Facebook. The picture showed a badly beaten woman.
"The injuries, from what we saw, appeared to be very severe," Sweeney said.
Police began searching for the woman. Her friend found her and brought her into the police station Wednesday.
When she arrived, police say they called an ambulance given the severity of her injuries.
Police say from their investigation it appears the people the woman was living with at the home accused her of stealing money.
Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, they held her against her will in the home. or the next six hours, until about 1 p.m., they beat and kicked her. They also used a marker to write obscene messages on her body, Sweeney said.
They only gave her a real break when they thought the police were on the way.
"They took her up to the second floor of the residence and once they determined we weren't there, they dragged her back down and started beating on her again," Sweeney said.
At about 1 p.m., they wrapped her in a blanket and loaded her into a car before dumping her in a north Salina alley.
Police arrested Ondrya Biles, 36, and Corey Jackson, 35, along with a 16-year-old juvenile. They face charges that range from aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery to criminal threats.
Police say they are searching for a fourth person as their investigation continues.
Neighbors say they are stunned by the violent nature of the crime.
"Unbelievable that it happened next door and I knew nothing," Cierra Werber said. "It's scary how this evilness is hidden in some people."
Police say this case also concerns them. They say they immediately made the case a priority when they learned of the attack.
"This is definitely really concerning, this beating and holding somebody and actually thinking they can get away with it," Sweeney said.