MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A Monroe man is accused of holding his girlfriend captive and threatening to kill her. She managed to escape and call police. According to police reports, the victim had been dating Carlos Jones Jr. for six months.
On Monday, police arrested Jones on seven charges. They include attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and false imprisonment with a deadly weapon.
Police say the victim called Friday saying she had just escaped from a home in the 2800 block of Lee Avenue. She told police her boyfriend, Carlos Jones, tied her up, repeatedly hit her, choked her until she passed out, threatened to kill her and tried to suffocate her with a plastic bag. She says he was thought she was seeing other people.
KNOE spoke with an expert who says situations like this can happen because warning signs are often hidden by abusers.
“Many times in domestic violence situations, individuals may present as one way, and whenever they develop the relationship, they become another way,” says Valerie Bowman, director of the Domestic Violence Program. “It's like whenever you go on a first date. You give that best first impression. After time, the abuser will actually become more controlling.”
Bowman says the warning signs are often subtle, but can still be there.
"You'll often times see people that are very jealous, very controlling, isolating that individual. So, the person that used to be this sweet, kind person has now developed the personality of that ‘You're going to do what I say, when I say, and how I say.’"
The Family Justice Center is a one-stop-shop for victims of domestic violence. They offer case management and safety plans for people in need. There's also legal and counseling services.
There is also a 24/7 crisis line, so people can talk to a trained advocate to help victims get out of their situations. That number is 1(888) 411-1333.