ASO: Boyfriend held woman captive, beat her in his home

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:32 p.m.

Sheriff's deputies arrested a Gainesville man Tuesday afternoon after they said he held his girlfriend captive in his home, sent messages to her friends and family pretending he was her and beat her for several days.

Craig Noel-Holborough
Craig Noel-Holborough

The victim said Craig Charles Noel-Holborough, 43, of 2861 SW 40th Place, took away her keys, cellphone and tablet and would not allow her to leave the house without him, an Alachua County Sheriff's Office report said.

The victim's mother told deputies one of her daughter's friends had received an email from the victim that stated: "I am in a bad situation. Please call mom and dad for me. The only way I can get out of here is if they call saying it's an emergency," according to the report.

The victim had also attached in the email a picture of herself with a black eye, the report said.

A deputy went to Noel-Holborough's home and asked to speak with the victim. Noel-Holborough said the victim was sleeping, so the deputy requested he wake her up, according to the report.

Several minutes later, the victim came out with sunglasses on accompanied by Noel-Holborough. Although he told the deputy everything was fine, the deputy took the victim to the side of the house, where she said she was being held against her will, the report stated.

The victim said Noel-Holborough had posed as her to her family and friends by sending texts and emails on her cellphone and her tablet. The victim showed the deputy bruises on her eye, rib area, upper arm and upper thigh. Her stomach was also swollen from where she said Noel-Holborough had punched her, the report said.

Deputies said that, although the victim had attempted to pack her things and leave several times, Noel-Holborough would not let her leave. The victim told them she was scared not to follow his commands.

Noel-Holborough was charged with false imprisonment and battery, according to the report. He was being held Wednesday at the Alachua County jail.

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