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Woman claims she was beaten and held captive for days

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Owen Gunther Owen Gunther

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Mahoning County Grand Jury has indicted a Youngstown man for allegedly beating and choking his girlfriend, then holding her against her will for nearly a week.

48-year-old Gunther Owen faces charges of felonious assault, and two counts of kidnapping.

On January 17, Youngstown police were called to the Fifth Avenue Community Church where they found Antjaunette Johnson suffering from broken blood vessels in both eyes, as well as several cuts and bruises on her face and neck.

Johnson told officers that six days earlier, she was punched and kicked repeatedly by Gunther at their Thornton Avenue home.

Johnson says she passed out. When she regained consciousness, she says Gunther tied a rope around her neck until she again passed out.

She also claims that Gunther kept her locked inside their home for six days, so she could not go to the hospital and report the incident.

Johnson told police that Gunther told her that she was playing with his feelings because she doesn't love him.

Gunther remains in the county jail.

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