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Man accused of terrorizing girlfriend at Zephyrhills motel

ZEPHYRHILLS — Two months after a 19-year-old woman reported being held against her will, beaten and burned by her boyfriend at the Twilight Motel, authorities arrested Casey Cantrell, 23.

Cantrell and his girlfriend, Monica Wilton, had rented a room at the Twilite Motel on Gall Boulevard the night of May 11 so Cantrell could spend time with their one-year-old son, Wilton told Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies. But she said Cantrell left her and the baby for a friend's house, coming back drunk and high around 3 a.m.

When Wilton told Cantrell she wouldn't get up because of the late hour, Cantrell accused Wilton of cheating on him. According to the arrest report, he punched her in the face, pushed her to the floor every time she tried to leave, jabbed her in the backside with a baseball bat and burned her stomach with a lit cigarette.

As she screamed, the report said, he heated a metal towel rod from the bathroom with his cigarette lighter and burned her on the left leg. She told deputies he tried to tie her up with her belt. Eventually, he calmed down and apologized. When Cantrell dropped Wilton off at her sister's house the next morning, the two women went to the authorities.

A sheriff's deputy pulled Cantrell over for speeding along U.S. 41 Wednesday night and discovered he was wanted on charges of aggravated battery and kidnapping.

Wilton told deputies he lives at friends' houses. He was arrested and is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Man accused of terrorizing girlfriend at Zephyrhills motel 07/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 15, 2010 4:45pm]
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