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A local man and woman were arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the alleged assault of a woman Monday who was reportedly bound with duct tape at her home.

Richard Rodney Dennis, 34, who lists a Richard Street address, and Toni Renee Lum, 35, who lists a Holly Street address, were taken into custody at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and each charged with first-degree false imprisonment, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.


Lum was also charged with a misdemeanor count of third-degree battery, punishable by up to one year in jail. Both remained in custody Wednesday in lieu of bonds totaling $8,000 and are set to appear Sept. 5 in Garland County District Court.

According to the affidavit, the victim said that, around noon Monday, she was inside her Nickens Street mobile home when Lum and her boyfriend, Dennis, demanded entry. Dennis forced the door open with a crowbar and both entered the mobile home.

Dennis allegedly forced the victim into a chair in the living room with the crowbar and Lum used silver duct tape to bind her arms and legs "under threat of violence." Lum then punched the victim in the face and upper body.

The victim said after Lum "finished beating her," Dennis cut the duct tape and they fled from the residence in a white Honda Accord with a roll of duct tape and the crow bar.

On Tuesday, Garland County sheriff's investigators saw Dennis standing next to a white Honda Accord with a white female, identified as Lum, in the passenger seat at McDonald's, 200 E. Grand Ave.

Dennis and Lum provided identification and as Dennis opened the trunk of the vehicle, investigators reportedly saw a roll of silver duct tape next to an iron crowbar. Dennis allegedly denied being anywhere near Nickens Street on Monday. Lum allegedly admitted to being at the Nickens Street residence and said there had been an altercation.

In a later interview, Lum allegedly admitted to entering the home and binding the victim with tape. Dennis said he entered the residence with a crowbar and watched Lum bind the victim with duct tape and beat her. He said he then cut the tape before they both left.

Local on 08/25/2016

Print Headline: Two suspects charged with battery of woman

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