Ark. authorities investigating torture of woman

The Garland County Sheriff's Department has identified the suspect as 36-year-old Jason Ripley.

There are active warrants on Ripley for kidnapping and first degree battery. Anyone who knows any information please call the Sheriff's Office at 501-622-3660 or the anonymous tip line at 501-622-3674. They are offering a reward for information that leads to the location, arrest, and conviction of Ripley.

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Garland County authorities are looking for a man who allegedly abducted a woman from a residence, tortured her and possibly sexually assaulted her.

The sheriff's office said Monday the woman contacted them Sunday after escaping the assault, which began Thursday.

According to a sheriff's report, the victim says she was at a friend's house when the assailant came over, got mad and covered her face with a shirt. The report says the woman was driven to a camper, where her feet and hands were bound and she was burned with cigarettes and a torch over a 2-day period.

The report says the victim also was beaten and may have been sexually assaulted while she was unconscious.

Authorities searched the man's residence but he wasn't home.

No charges have been filed.

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