LPD: Man assaulted woman, held her captive

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police have arrested a man they say physically assaulted a woman multiple times while holding her in captivity for hours.

Police say the man charged is 63-year-old Richard French.

They say he began drinking at approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say from that time until about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, French physically assaulted a woman, breaking her phone when she attempted to call authorities for help.

They say French strangled the woman multiple times until she went unconscious.

Police say French prevented the woman from sleeping, leaving, or making phone calls when she tried to reach out for help.

According to Lexington Police, the woman said she thought she was going to die throughout the 20-hour span.

French is charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment, intimidating a participant in the legal process, and terroristic threatening.

He is scheduled to answer to those charges in court Thursday.

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