Woman Kidnapped, Sexually Assaulted: Police

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Monday, Feb 17, 2014  |  Updated 12:01 PM EDT
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Woman Kidnapped, Sexually Assaulted: Police

Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office

Steen Tarpley

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Police found a woman wounded and bleeding inside a New Jersey hotel Sunday afternoon after receiving a call of an assault in progress.

Toms River Police were called to the American Hotel on Route 166 just before 1:30 p.m. Inside a room, they discovered the 31-year-old victim bleeding from multiple stab wounds, according to authorities.

The wounds, police say, were inflicted by Steen Tarpley, who was found an hour and a half later at a bus stop nearby.

Tarpley allegedly held the victim against her will and sexually assaulted her. Investigators also say he stabbed the woman.

The victim was transported to the Jersey Shore Medical Center where she is listed in stable condition.

Tarpley is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault and aggravated assault.

He's being held in Ocean County Jail. His bail is set at $500,000.

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