2 Women Accused of Holding Woman Captive Inside Home

Two women were arrested after they allegedly beat a woman and held her captive inside a Delaware home.

On Tuesday, shortly after 1 p.m., officials received a call from a 29-year-old woman claiming she was being held against her will inside a home in New Castle, Delaware. 

When officers arrived at the scene, they found 19-year-old Jessica Jones of New Castle and 25-year-old Laneeka Clark of Philadelphia exiting the home, according to investigators. Police say they then then entered the home where they found the battered 29-year-old woman inside a closet.

The victim told police she went to the home willingly with Jones Monday night. As soon as she entered however, Clark allegedly assaulted her. Police say Jones and Clark then forced the woman into a spare bedroom and demanded money. The women allegedly assaulted the victim throughout the night and refused to let her leave.

The victim says she was eventually able to call 911 from her cellphone but was then forced back into a closet and threatened after the suspects found out she made the call.

Both Jones and Clark were taken into custody and charged with kidnapping and terroristic threatening. Jones is also charged with conspiracy while Clark is charged with assault.

Jones was arraigned and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Insititution in lieu of $33,000 secured bail. Clark was also committed to the same Correctional Institution in lieu of $53,000 secured bail.

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