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Man, 52, accused of brutally beating woman in Zephyrhills

ZEPHYRHILLS — A 52-year-old man is accused of beating a woman so brutally that she was hospitalized with critical injuries, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Joe Lee Sorensen kept the woman hostage for about 10 hours Tuesday, beating her, holding a knife to her throat and molesting her, the report said. The woman suffered four broken ribs and punctures in both lungs.

She managed to flee at 4 a.m. Wednesday, when she realized Sorensen had fallen asleep, according to authorities.

Sorensen, of 7713 23rd St., was arrested at noon Wednesday on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and sexual battery. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday in lieu of $225,000 bail.

Man, 52, accused of brutally beating woman in Zephyrhills 10/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2011 9:11pm]

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