- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) - An Albany man has been accused of kidnapping, raping and trying to kill a woman he kept against her will for about a week.

The woman slipped away from him on Monday, according to an affidavit, and ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

Police arrested 37-year-old Craig Alexander Lazon on charges that included attempted aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and assault, the Albany Democrat-Herald (https://bit.ly/1aNlEkG) reported.

Court documents say he had previously been convicted of assaulting the woman.

The woman was tied up beginning Feb. 24 and was repeatedly assaulted, Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny said Wednesday at a hearing.

In a police interview at a Corvallis hospital, according to the affidavit, the victim said that, during the beatings, every time she made a noise or cried out in pain, Lazon would hit her harder.

It said he hit her on the back of the head with a screwdriver handle, choked her with his hands and a phone cord, and told her nobody came looking for her because nobody cared about her.

The affidavit said her face bones were broken. Police didn’t immediately respond to a request Thursday for information about her condition.

On Monday, the affidavit says, Lazon tied her to the passenger door of a car and told her he would drown her in the Calapooia River. But when he returned to the house for his phone, she was able to escape.

Tim Felling, the lawyer appointed for Lazon, was in court and not available Thursday when The Associated Press called for comment.

Lazon is being held with bail set at $500,000.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, https://www.dhonline.com

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