- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Police in Arkansas have charged a Glenwood, Iowa, man with attempted murder and kidnapping after his ex-girlfriend told authorities he abducted her from a hotel last month and tried to drown her in a nearby river.

Kathryn Lynn Jones, 44, told police in Sharp County, Arkansas that she was abducted from a Days Inn on April 20 by Jerry Dean Clark, 45, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Wednesday.

According to the affidavit, the woman told police that Mr. Clark then drove her to a park about two miles from the Hardy hotel, hitting her along the way while saying, “I’m going to teach you a lesson,” the Democrat-Gazette reported.

Ms. Jones said she was ordered to inflate an air mattress and help pitch a tent once they arrived at Griffin Park in Cherokee Village. She told police that Mr. Clark then wrapped a rope around her in an attempt to restrain her, then tied the other end to a cinder block that he then tossed into the Spring River.

Ms. Jones managed to escape, but was caught again and bound to a tree with plastic zip-ties, according to the affidavit.

“You have earned the right to stay alive, but not to be free, yet,” he allegedly told her.

According to the affidavit, Mr. Clark then repeatedly struck Ms. Jones with his fists and a bottle before he left the scene. She eventually managed to chew her way through the zip ties, then escaped by floating about two miles downstream before pulling herself out of the river. She was treated at a nearby hospital for bruising and bleeding on the brain, the newspaper reported.

Mr. Clark was arrested two days later during a traffic stop in Izard County and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to the Arkansas-Democrat.

Police discovered what appeared to be blood stains on his pants and soon after matched the boots he was wearing to prints left in Griffin Park. He initially declined involvement in the abduction, but later admitted to the incidents, the paper reported.

Mr. Clark was being held in Sharp County jail on a $250,000 bond, Omaha’s ABC New affiliate reported Wednesday. He’s expected to be formally charged in Sharp County Circuit Court on May 12.

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