Woman claims Lucas Webby of Bakersfield abused her too

Woman said there are other victims

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The man accused of torturing his wife for two days was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Lucas Webby was supposed to be arraigned but that was postponed.

Monday, the downtown jail said Webby was taken to Kern Medical Center, but no details have been released.

Webby's arraignment is set for Wednesday afternoon and his bail is$1 million.

He's accused of punching, kicking, strangling and beating a woman repeatedly with a baseball bat over a two-day period. Webby's friends identify the woman as his wife. 

Deputies found meth and marijuana inside Webby's home and Webby hiding inside a closet when they arrested him.

He faces charges of attempted murder, torture, spousal abuse, child cruelty and drug possession to name a few.

23ABC spoke to one of Webby's exes who said she was also beaten by him and  that she's just one of many victims.

"He would strangle me. He would hold me by the throat. He would hold things over my head, threaten to kill me if I ever left," said the woman.

The woman, who does not want to be identified, said her relationship with Lucas Webby was not about romance, but abuse.

"He wanted to be in control all the time. He wanted to be dominant in the relationship at all times," said the woman.

She said he would snap for no reason and assault her and her son.

"He beat him so severely that his entire face was completely busted up," said the woman.

She said they were not the only ones.

"From what he told me, he did assault the three previous women he had children with prior to me and he would lauigh and joke about it and blame it on them," said the woman.

CEO of the Alliance Against Family Violence Louis Gill said domestic violence in a relationship is a patterned behavior.

"Unfortunately, it's a progressive process," said Gill. "You have people who start controlling someone emotionally, mentally, and financially."

And that leads to assault. Gill said more than 85 percent of abusers in domestic violence relationships are men.

"Individuals will continue with the same behavior unless they get help or change or are incarcerated. So unless the system intervenes, individuals will continue to hurt others," said Gill.

Lucas has a criminal history of spousal abuse.

"And each time it's progressively gotten worse. My concern is that the next victim will end up dead," said the woman.

"I think you will find our local law enforcement and District Attorney takes a very hard look at repeat offenders especially on domestic violence. But there are limited resources in any system," said Gill.

Lucas pled no contest and was dismissed in his last two spousal abuse cases.

"This issue needs to be addressed and I don't think that he needs to be allowed to plea down whatever charges he has because he was released early from this last term in jail and look what's happened and it's only progressively gotten worse," said the woman.

"It can be very frustrating that people who are violent get reduced sentences," said Gill.

Gill said in the meantime, victims can turn to the Alliance for counseling or planning a safe escape. There's also an emergency shelter.

"We'll make sure that you're safe, it's a secure location, nobody needs to know you are there," said Gill. "We can help. Please reach out. You don't have to be alone in this."

Law enforcement has not released the medical status of Webby's latest victim.

Anyone who is in an abusive relationship is urged to call the Alliance's abuse hotline at 327-1091.

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