Woman reportedly held captive for three days in Harrisburg, release says

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HARRISBURG, Ark. – A woman was reportedly held captive by a man who even used her 1 year old daughter as collateral. Another victim was also involved. This is all according to a press release from Sheriff Kevin Molder of Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies with the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office began when they executed a warrant late Friday afternoon at 7452 Tate Lane outside of Harrisburg. The search warrant stemmed from a report made Wednesday afternoon in which a female reported that she had been held captive at that residence for approximately three days by a Hispanic male identified as Leonel Cruz, 41, the release said. Law enforcement alleges Cruz used physical force, threat of death, and even the victim’s 1 year old daughter as collateral to make sure that she didn’t leave.

The subsequent investigation identified a second victim in a related incident. Both victims escaped under different circumstances according to the release.

Deputies found three males in the house, as well as, liquid Morphine, liquid Versed, and various paraphernalia used to ingest methamphetamine.

The search warrant netted Leonel Cruz for two counts of Kidnapping, Terroristic Threatening, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia all felonies. Cruz similarly has active warrants for Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Battery, Criminal Threating, Domestic Battery, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor out of Pottawatomie County, Kansas.

Other charges are expected to be filed in regards to this investigation.

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