[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 03/16/20]
MOUNT DORA, Florida — A Eustis man is behind bars after a woman told law enforcement he tied her up with a rope and had been abusing her for a “long time”.
Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the parking lot of Target, 17540 US Highway 441, Mount Dora Saturday afternoon to make contact with a domestic violence victim. The victim told a deputy, Jacob Paul Thompson, 33, had mentally and physically abused her for a “long time,” according to an arrest affidavit. She said Thompson recently tied her up with a rope and it was so tight around her wrists, her hands began to turn purple.
She told the deputy that on numerous occasions, Thompson would threaten her with violence if she did not make certain posts on social media and would only give her the phone to make the posts. Thompson would also hit her and not allow her to have the phone to call for help; and told her if she called police, it would be the last thing she would ever do, states the affidavit. On Saturday morning, Thompson grabbed her by the wrists when she tried to leave and pulled her back, the victim — who had deep purple bruises on both arms — told the deputy.
The deputy went to a home in Mount Dora and questioned Thompson, who denied the victim’s allegations. When asked where her bruises came from, Thompson told the deputy the victim liked rough sex and enjoys being tied up.
Thompson was charged with domestic battery (second offense), false imprisonment and obstruction. He is being held in the Lake County Jail on $20,000 bond.
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