It's like something out of a horror film. A woman was picked up by an Omaha man with a lengthy criminal past. The woman tells officers she was his prisoner after he bound her with ropes, locked her up and sexually assaulted her.
It started on February 8th when she answered his Craigslist ad claiming he was a nice guy just looking for a friend. The victim in this case was without a home and looking for a warm place to stay so she says she went ahead and called Gary Owens of Omaha. She said these cases are horrible but not unheard of. According to the search warrant Owens brought the woman in his home through the garage. Once inside of the house the woman said she wasn't allowed to leave the bedroom.
He then apparently held her down and undressed her then binding her hands with rope and choked her until she fainted. As she faded in and out of consciousness the woman explains she would wake to him sexually assaulting her and then he'd choke her into a blackout again. She says he let her bathe after but locked the bathroom with a key. The woman says she eventually tricked the suspect into letting him use his phone by pretending she had a very important appointment.
Instead she called the WCA. Their advocates called her a cab and she was able to escape to get medical care. Of the charges he told us "Well they're very serious.
They're about as serious as you can get. She told us that she heard her son had solicited a woman online for sex. She doesn't believe they'll be able to afford his bond.
He is well known in the Douglas County justice system. We spoke with past victims Thursday who claim they've been severely harassed and intimidated by Owens.
They were too scared to speak publicly fearing he might retaliate if he's released. Reports also detail that the man has beaten and harassed his own family members including his own son in the past.
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