A Wilmar man has been arrested on rape, kidnapping and terroristic threatening charges after he allegedly kept a woman tied in Wilmar for two days before she managed to escape and flag down a passing motorist.
The alleged victim told Drew County Sheriff’s investigators that 36-year-old Bobby Theus Jr. picked her up in Pine Bluff on February 25 and drove to a Wilmar residence on South 8th Street with the understanding that he would drive her back to Pine Bluff later that evening, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office.
Theus did not drive the woman back to Pine Bluff. Instead, he raped her and kept her tied in Wilmar for two days, according to the news release.
He allegedly kept her at the South 8th Street residence until the evening hours of February 27, when he reportedly took her to an abandoned mobile home near Wilmar where she says he raped her then tied her to a sofa to prevent her from leaving while he went to a grocery store and purchased twine, duct tape and food. When he returned, he reportedly took the woman back to the South 8th Street residence where he again raped, tied and threatened her, according to the news release.
She escaped on February 28.
She said she managed loosen the twine binding her hands and cut the rope from her legs when Theus went into another room and closed the door.
Once she was free of the bindings, she fled the home wearing only undergarments and twine still tied around one wrist. She flagged down a passing motorist who took the woman the her residence and called police, according to the news release.
Theus was arrested and taken before District Judge Ken Harper who set Theus’ bond at $100,000.