SEVIERVILLE, TN (KTHV) - Garland County Sheriff's deputies say kidnapping suspect Jason Ripley was arrested around 3:25 a.m. Wednesday morning on kidnapping and battery charges in Tennessee.
Ripley is accused of kidnapping a woman then torturing and abusing her.
Deputies say the victim told them Ripley covered her face with a shirt and drove her to a camper. The victim says over the course of two days Ripley tortured her in a number of ways, including burning her with cigarettes and hitting her over the head with a 1 gallon jug containing frozen water. She also told authorities that he tortured her with a stun gun, forced her to take pills, and possibly raped her. She says she was unconscious for some time.
According to Lt. James Martin with the Garland County Sheriff's Department, investigators received information that led them to believe Ripley was staying at the Days Inn on 65th Street in Little Rock. Martin says the Sheriff checked the hotel for the suspect vehicle around 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
A vehicle matching the description of one being driven by Ripley was located in the parking lot. Lt. Martin says the car was not the Ripley's vehicle, but they did find a room that had in fact been rented by Ripley and another woman.
He says the Sheriff was able to clear that room with the assistance of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department. He says around 11 p.m. they got information that Ripley and the woman, Samantha Wright of Hot Springs, may have left the Little Rock area and was staying in a motel in Sevierville, TN.
He says at approximately 2:45 a.m. the Sevier County Sheriff's Office was notified of the possibility that these two were staying in a local motel in their area. With the assistance of the Sevierville Police Department, they was able to locate the suspect vehicle, determine the room number and take both Ripley and Wright into custody without incident.
Ripley was arrested on outstanding kidnapping and diest degree battery warrants. Wright has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and will also be charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution, a class A felony.