An Alaska man has been arrested after state troopers dramatically rescued a woman who said she was kidnapped, held captive and raped up to six times a day in a remote cabin for five weeks.
Daniel Lloyd Selovich, 37, was arraigned this week on kidnapping, sexual assault and assault charges, according to the Associated Press.
The woman, who has not been identified, was rescued on Nov. 8 after a friend of the victim called Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Native News reports. The friend told troopers that the woman had contacted her via Facebook requesting a med-evac because she was experiencing chest pains and believed she had pneumonia, KTUU reports.
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A military helicopter was sent Sunday to pick up the woman at the remote location and transport her to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Selovich, who goes by the name Pirate, was also taken to the hospital at that time, though officials did not disclose the reason why.
While at the hospital, the woman told authorities of the alleged abuse, stating “it would be better for her to run away from the cabin and possibly be eaten by a bear than continue being physically and sexually assault by Daniel,” according to an affidavit obtained by the AP.
The woman stated that Selovich duct-taped her to him at night to prevent her from escaping, according to a charging document obtained by KTUU. He allegedly assaulted her anywhere from two to six times a day, and beat her with belts, kicked her and bit her.
The assaults allegedly began on Sept. 26, after Selovich picked the woman up at the airport in a U-Haul truck, according to the AP. It’s not clear how the two knew each other or how the woman eventually used Facebook to contact her friend.
Selovich has not entered a plea to the charges against him.