Woman Held Captive In Her Own Home

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

She spent more than a day fearing for her life. A Central Kentucky woman is recovering after she says she was held captive by her own boyfriend.

"She's dealing with a lot of trauma right now, both physical as well as emotionally," said Mercer County Sheriff Chris Kehrt.

Kehrt is referring to Abby Banks, who declined a request for an on-camera interview, but tells 27 NEWSFIRST off camera, she was held captive in her own home by her boyfriend 45-year-old Michael Foley.

"She was there for at least 24-hours if not longer," Kehrt said.

Banks tells us in that period of time, she thought Foley might kill her. She also says during that time Foley physically beat her and punched her numerous times and repeatedly threatened her life if she attempted to escape.

Police used words like, appalling and disturbing, to describe one threat in particular Banks said Foley made to her.

"She said he told her he was going to carve her up, cut her so badly not even a plastic surgeon would be able to help her fix it," said Sheriff Kehrt.

Banks managed to escape and call police. Foley was captured in Boyle County after it's reported he was attempting to flee the state.

Danville Police working on tips spotted Foley at the McDonald's and took him into custody.

"It was just a really scary and spooky situation not just for the victim but for those living in this neighborhood who had no idea what was going on behind those walls," said Sheriff Kehrt.

Foley is being held without bond at the Boyle County Detention Center.
He's charged with unlawful imprisonment, domestic violence, assault and terroristic threatening.

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  • by Margie Location: Ohio on Apr 10, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    This is just an example of two people who were BOTH verbally and physically abusive to each other. This fight just happened to get out of hand. By now, I'm sure they are BOTH regretting what happened!
  • by Monica Location: Lexington on Apr 8, 2008 at 05:59 AM
    Pamela, I'm sorry, I just don't understand the mentallity of women who stay in abusive relationships. I'm sure I'm lucky I've never had to deal with it, but I'm also sure the s.o.b would have to go to sleep sometime, and then.....revenge or run and run fast.
  • by c Location: fkt on Apr 7, 2008 at 09:10 PM
    They had better keep this idiot boyfriend in jail, or will be hearing of another murder! If he's crazy enough to keep her prisoner, then he's crazy enough to kill her. He's not insane, he's just a possessive piece of trash! Lady, you had better move to another state, change your name & forget about this loser! Don't look for any help from the law either! They will let him go & when they do, he'll come after you & this time he will kill you. GET SO FAR AWAY FROM HIM THAT HE'LL NEVER FIND YOU!
  • by Pamela Location: Pikeville on Apr 7, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    To Monica:I guess you said it right. You had to take a educated guess! Don't judge until you've been in their situation.
  • by Darlene Location: KY on Apr 7, 2008 at 01:00 PM
    TO mo==Monica, I say the same thing but unless you have been there you never know. I was in a verbally abusinve relationship and was alway7s walking on eggshels around him but guess what, I never knew it til He threatened to kill me and I left finally. It was a few months later that I realized just how bad the situation was. I pray this gal will make a full fast recovery and ove on with her life, as far as the scum goes, He needs to be treated like he treated her.
  • by Monica Location: Lexington on Apr 7, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    If I had to take an educated guess, it would be that this wasn't the first time this man was physically abusive to this woman. Why don't women get out after the first time? I would never let a man hit me and get away with once, let alone stay with him afterwards.
  • by Bad Memories Location: Ky on Apr 7, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    I feel for this lady. I was held that way and beat, guns held to my head to the point I had bruises of a gun barrel in my temple. I was scared for my life for about 10 hours. The only way I was able to escape was that he ran out of whiskey and went to get more. He told me I had better be there when he got back.Yeah, right!!I hope they bury this guy under the jail. She will not be safe unless they do.Why do men go that point, mentally?They act like they could care less of you, then when you go on with your life they act all crazy. It must be a possessive thing.I lived to tell about it and am happier now than I have ever been. This lady, hopefully will do the same.Not all men are crazy. There are actually some good ones out there.


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