Police: Man locked woman in closet for hours; choked, raped her - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police: Man locked woman in closet for hours; choked, raped her

Michael Russell (Source: SCSO) Michael Russell (Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A man is in jail after police said he assaulted a woman, choked and raped her, and locked her in a closet for hours.

Officers found the woman walking down Viscoscia Road, where she told them Michael Russell locked her in a closet for six hours, choking her and making her perform sex acts.

Russell and the victim had a close relationship prior to the alleged assault.

The victim said at one point, Russell strangled her to the point where she was unconscious. 

Officers found strangulation marks around her neck and a large welt on her right arm from a belt.

Officers saw Russell running through a backyard where he was able to escape temporarily. He was later arrested.

Russell is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and domestic assault.

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