Man puts his life in danger to save life of missing woman found in dog cage (video)By Mason White 10:59 AM September 10, 2014
|Ron Higgs rescued the woman|
By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A woman was freed by a brave man after she was held captive for two months.
The young mother of Indiana, was forced to wear a dog collar and was kept in a wooden cage built by one of her “sadistic” captors, police said.
Joelle Lockwood, 30, of Indiana, was beaten and raped until a stranger risked his own life to rescue her, authorities said.
Police said the victim’s ordeal began when the 30-year-old woman left her apartment in Evansville, which she shared with her boyfriend after the two had an alcohol-fueled argument.
After a while, she met Ricky Jr. House, 37, a man who was familiar to her. House offered her to sleep at his home and she accepted the offer.
Three days later, police said the woman’s mother reported her missing after she failed to appear at a family reunion. House drove her 40 miles to the mobile home he shared with his 47-year-old girlfriend, Kendra Tooley, in the small town of Stewartsville.
When the victim decided she wanted to leave, the man put chloroform over her mouth and nose causing her to lose consciousness. The victim, who is a mother of two children, awoke to find her clothes cut up and she was tied to a bed in the couple’s trailer.
Her captors treated her like a dog, forcing her to wear a dog collar and leash, and forced her to sleep in a closed wooden cage, which House built, according to court documents.
Her suffering came to an end when Tooley’s former husband, Ron Higgs, came to the home and House showed him the woman in the cage.
At first, Higgs thought that the woman agreed to the bizarre arrangements. However, after he came to the home a second time, the woman managed to talk to him.
Lockwood begged the man not to leave the home without her. The man agreed. Higgs would not say how he rescued the woman, but somehow managed to free her while House threatened him with a gun.