NY woman survives weeklong assault in own home

An Albany, N.Y., woman is recovering from serious injuries suffered during a week in which she said she was tied up, beaten, and sexually assaulted in her own home.

In court documents made public Thursday, investigators say the woman told them 37-year-old Craig Lazon, tied her up on Feb. 24 and kept her imprisoned in her bedroom, beat her daily, on some occasions with the blunt end of a screwdriver. She also said Lazon strangled her with a phone cord and repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

The woman told detectives Lazon said he was going to kill her, and on March 2, forced her out of the apartment and into his car, saying he was going to drown her and dispose of her body in the Calapooia River. She said she was finally able to escape when he left her alone in the car and went back inside to get his phone, which allowed her to break free and run to get help.

“She was just bruised up, real bad. Her face was bloody. It was just bad,” Frederick Edwards, whose door the woman pounded on after she escaped, told KPTV. “Her face looked like it was sunk in. Later, I found out that it was broken.”

Edwards said he called 911, then stayed with the woman on his porch. He said he eventually saw the man he assumed assaulted her come back out of his apartment and briefly locked eyes with him before the man jumped into his car and sped away.

Police eventually found and arrested Lazon, and the woman was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in nearby Corvallis for treatment.

“I hope he never sees the street again,” Edwards said.

Lazon faces several felony charges, including kidnapping, attempted murder and sexual assault. He has a prior criminal record, which includes convictions for drug use.

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