A 29-year-old woman took a bus from North Dakota to St. Paul to meet a man she’d met online-Ryan Marcelle Abernatha (also known as Ryan Williams). But the would-be relationship turned into a hostage situation during which she was repeatedly assaulted, according to charges filed this week in Ramsey County District Court according to Twin Cities News.
What began as a “nice” conversation on Facebook quickly turned into a 10-day nightmare for a North Dakota woman at the hands of a St. Paul man who held her captive and tried to strangle her.
That’s what Ramsey County prosecutors say Ryan Marcelle Abernatha’s alleged crimes include, according to the felony criminal complaint against him.
The victim, identified in court documents only as “A.M.O.”, is said to have endured more than a week of verbal and physical abuse, during which time the defendant refused to let her leave his apartment, she told investigators.