Woman held captive for days, strangled, stabbed, burned, bitten

Reports: Man beat woman to unconsciousness

A man was booked into the Kern County Jail and accused of holding a woman against her will, strangled, stabbed, burned, gagged, and bit her repeatedly.
On Thursday, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department were sent to a home in the 7100 block of Firebaugh Street regarding a domestic violence and possible false imprisonment report.
Officers said they spoke with a woman who said that on Monday, she was involved in an argument with Kristopher Lawless 26, at his home in the 3800 block of Balboa Drive.
Police said the investigation revealed Lawless struck the woman over the head with a blunt object and continuously punched her to the point of unconsciousness. Upon regaining consciousness, she found herself to be bound, officials said.
Officials said that while held against her will, Lawless threatened to kill the victim, strangled her, repeatedly stabbed her, burned her, gagged her and bit her repeatedly throughout her body.
On Thursday, officials said the woman escaped and flagged down a subject who drove her to a friend’s house and police were notified.
The woman suffered significant visible injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
On Thursday, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department said they went to Lawless’ residence where he was arrested.
Officers searched his house and found evidence of the crime, along with a controlled substance.
Lawless was booked into the Kern County Jail for attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, torture, false
imprisonment, spousal abuse, criminal threats, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at
327-7111 or Detective Brian West at 326-3558.
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