- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities in Indianapolis are searching for a man they say raped and tortured a woman and kept her chained in his basement for four days.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Maurice Nelson, 28, of Indianapolis, charging him with rape, criminal confinement, battery and other crimes. He has remained at large since police found the woman on July 14, court documents filed in Marion Superior Court last week said.

After a neighbor reported hearing the 23-year-old woman’s screams, officers cut through a padlock, forced open the front door of Nelson’s home on the city’s north side and went to the basement. There the officers found the woman nude, handcuffed and shackled with a chain around her neck fixed to a pole and another chain connecting restraints on her ankles to a floor bolt, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The woman told investigators she met Nelson on July 10 after they spoke via a telephone chat line. Nelson picked her up at the hotel where she was staying and they went to his home and began having sex, she said.

Suddenly, he stopped and doused her with pepper spray, handcuffed her and forced her into the basement, police said. Nelson claimed to be a police officer and pretended to be talking on a police radio, the woman told investigators.

He chained her up, beat her with a baton and raped her at least four times over the next four days, she told police.

Sometimes, Nelson rewarded the woman for good behavior by removing her handcuffs for a while, she told officers.

Nelson also told her that if she tried to escape, he would let his two pit bulls attack her, she said.

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