Woman freed after being kidnapped, held for six weeks; captors arrested


Ronnie Lee and Irish Boyce

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SALEM, Ore. — A woman is finally free and her captors are in jail after she was held against her will for six weeks inside an Oregon home where she was drugged and repeatedly sexually assaulted, according to court documents.

It happened at a home in the 2100 block of Marvin Court NW.

According to court records, the woman met Ronnie Lee for heroin on Sept. 12 but after she was inside the home on Marvin Court she was beaten with a “closet rod” by Irish Boyce.

Records show the victim told Lee and Boyce repeatedly she wanted to leave, but they threatened to “beat her if she tried.”

The victim told police she wasn’t allowed to be out of their sight and “had to sleep on the bathroom floor” near their bed. She described being drugged, repeatedly sexually assaulted and said she begged Lee to stop.

This went on for six weeks.

Salem, Ore. police confirm it finally ended Sunday when someone called for a welfare check, drawing officers to the home where the victim was discovered.

The victim’s mother spoke briefly with KPTV by phone Monday, declining to give a statement but saying she’d filed a missing person’s report for her daughter and that she was finally found locked in an upstairs bathroom and had never met her captors before.

Both Lee and Boyce were taken to the Polk County Jail. Boyce is facing eight felony counts and Lee is facing seventeen felonies, including first-degree kidnapping.

Boyce has no criminal history in Oregon, but Lee’s dates back to 1987 and includes thirteen felony convictions on various charges, including robbery, assault and meth possession. He was most recently arrested in May for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and giving false information to a police officer.

Source: KPTV

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