Police: Man beat ex-girlfriend in wooded area, hotel room - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police: Man beat ex-girlfriend in wooded area, hotel room

Charlie Evans (Source: MPD) Charlie Evans (Source: MPD)
Father Patrick Hirtz (Source: WMC Action News 5) Father Patrick Hirtz (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Concerned citizens helped save a woman who police said was attacked and beaten by her ex-boyfriend.

Dorothy LeSueur drove her car to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church after escaping her ex-boyfriend.

Father Patrick Hirtz said he happened to be driving by the church and he saw LeSueur's car in the parking lot, so he went to investigate.

"From driving by, I could see there was someone in need," Hirtz said. "Someone sitting out resting their hands on their knees."

Someone called 911 and police came to help the woman.

Memphis Police Department said LeSueur's ex-boyfriend, Charlie Evans, came home from a party drunk. He took LeSueur into a wooded area and attacked her. He then forced her to go to a hotel room where he continued to beat her.

Police said LeSueur was bleeding from her mouth and nose, her eyes were swollen shut, and she had a fractured skull. She went to the hospital for treatment.

Evans faces aggravated assault and kidnapping charges.

Hirtz said churches are a safe place for domestic violence victims. 

"The doors of Christ are open to welcome them and help them," Hirtz said.

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