MCSO: Woman survives 13 days of assault from Tonopah man

TONOPAH, AZ - An ex-convict from Tonopah held an acquaintance for nearly two weeks, sexually assaulting her and cutting her with a butcher knife. 

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reports that on November 30 they were contacted by hospital officials regarding a patient who had been sexually assaulted. 

The woman said to MCSO that she had been held against her will for several days, having been released just hours before coming to the hospital. 

The woman named the suspect, an acquaintance of hers, 31-year-old J.W. Carlson, who was released from prison in May after serving 14 months for aggravated assault. 

She went with him to his house in Tonopah near 430th Avenue and Thomas Road to help him with some home repairs. 

She said after Carlson ingested methamphetamine he wanted to have sex with her, but she refused. Carlson then allegedly punched her, breaking her nose, and kicked her several times in the abdomen. 

He reportedly sexually assaulted the victim several times. MCSO says Carlson also cut her deeply on her leg with a butcher knife and tried to cut her with an electric saw, placing it on her leg and turning it on. Only the saw’s preventative guard prevented it from cutting her. 

After 13 days, Carlson released her. 

MCSO captured Carlson at home on November 30, finding evidence to support the victim’s claims. 

Carlson reportedly told them the sex was consensual but admitted to assaulting her, saying they were fighting. He also says the victim rolled on the butcher knife during the fight. 

He also claimed she voluntarily agreed to stay with him until her wounds healed. 

He is being held on a $500,000 bond on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault.

 
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