A 60-year-old Oklahoma man accused of abducting and tormenting women is off the streets for the moment after police arrested him for allegedly holding a woman captive for two months, forcing her to take drugs and raping her repeatedly.
Victor Willard Hursh faces charges of first-degree rape by force and fear, second-degree rape, forcible sodomy, kidnapping and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, reports Tulsa World.
Hursh, whom the victim said is also known as "The Reaper," is the suspect in three other kidnapping and sexual assault cases.
For the 22-year-old escaped victim, the nightmare began when she met Hursh on June 15, according to a probable cause affidavit. He reportedly told the woman, who was homeless, that she could stay at his house.
Once they arrived, the man asked her to smoke methamphetamine with him, notes KOKI.
When she refused, he began beating her and would not let her leave the home. For the next two months, he would reportedly hold her captive, injecting her with meth every couple of days and raping her using various sex toys and aids.
During her forced stay, he would strike her, burn her with cigarettes, choke her and throw lit fireworks at her.
He made her remain naked the whole time and often pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her father and son, according to Tulsa Word. He also reportedly showed her bottles of ammonia and bleach and said that she would "end up like some of the other girls" if she tried to make a run for it.
"In extreme cases we do see again where a person feels like they're losing control or they're going to lose that person, so they make the choice to lock someone in a house or an apartment and hold them captive, hoping to regain control of the situation, this situation is like specifically sadistic and cruel," DeJon Knapp of Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) told KJRH.
Knapp added that most sexual assault cases happen between two romantic partners.
"You see a lot of stranger danger type stuff in the community, which is good to be aware of, but often the red flags or the warning signs are much more subtle," explained Knapp.
After weeks of torture, Hurst's alleged victim escaped when he took her with him to run an errand at a nearby convenience store. He locked her in his van, but she was able to crawl over the driver's seat and run away, notes Tulsa World. After encountering a customer who refused to help her, she notified a security officer that she was in a bad situation and hid in a bathroom while waiting for police to arrive.