Woman rescued from Nevada motel after six months as captive: police

Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:24pm EST

Jason Greniger, 34, is seen after his arrest over the weekend in this Mesquite Police Department booking photo released to Reuters on January 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mesquite Police Department/Handout via Reuters

Jason Greniger, 34, is seen after his arrest over the weekend in this Mesquite Police Department booking photo released to Reuters on January 14, 2014.

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(Reuters) - A woman held captive for six months by a former boyfriend who threatened to kill her if she tried to escape was rescued from a Nevada motel after writing about her plight on Facebook, police said on Tuesday.

Her captor, Jason Greniger, 34, was arrested on Saturday at the MV Motel in Mesquite, a golfing and gambling resort town 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, said Detective Sergeant MaQuade Chesley, a spokesman for the Mesquite Police Department.

The woman, Sheena Herschbach, had not been physically restrained by Greniger during the ordeal and was regularly sent to a nearby store for food and beer, Chesley said.

"She had opportunities to contact police, it just took her six months to get the courage to do it," Chesley said. "She legitimately believed that he would kill her, hurt her or hurt her family if she didn't stay with him."

Greniger was being held at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and also on an outstanding warrant from Minnesota stemming from a charge of first-degree felony malicious punishment of a child, Chesley said.

He is due in court on Wednesday in Mesquite in the kidnapping case, which will be resolved before the Minnesota case is adjudicated, Chesley said.

Herschbach turned to Facebook to seek help after Greniger, in an uncharacteristic move, allowed her to visit a nearby public library on Saturday, Chesley said.

Her post, presented as written, read, "I just whant to let every one know im sarry I whant to come home but he wont let me."

Chesley confirmed the authenticity of the post, which also gave her whereabouts.

Later that day, Mesquite police were told of the post and went to the motel, where they arrested Greniger, Chesley said.

Herschbach had until Saturday been out of contact with her family, including several children, for six months and only learned of her mother's December death after being freed, Chesley said.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in Olympia, Washington; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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Comments (4)
Mylena wrote:
Well wi’ll see how the Judge wi’ll give to him. Maybe probayion? Lately the sentences are not appropiated with crimes. What’s that? maybe we need to change judges.

Jan 14, 2014 8:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
presti8 wrote:
They should have him share a cell with Chozen( at least his real life equal) For a few years

Jan 15, 2014 8:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
titania wrote:
These criminals and delinquent humans must be sent to work in deep down COAL MINES in order to teach them how to respect others. There is no use in trying to educate them through myriad of schools, because they will never learn the lesson of respect toward other humans and toward every other living things of our planet.ambs of Titania.

Jan 15, 2014 12:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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