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ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A man is facing charges for allegedly kidnapping and physically abusing his ex-girlfriend.
According to police, the victim completed her shift at a motel along Finley Road in Rostraver Township around 9 p.m. on Sunday.
The victim got in her car, unaware that J.R. Keener, her ex-boyfriend, was hiding in the back seat. When she stopped at a red light several blocks away, Keener allegedly popped up and began to punch the woman several times.
How Keener managed to get in the victim’s car undetected isn’t known.
Then, he demanded that the woman drive him around all night. First, Keener made the woman drive him to his aunt’s house in Elizabeth. From there, he made her drive around McKeesport, Glassport and Elizabeth.
Throughout the 11 hours, he allegedly continued to physically assault the woman. At some point, he also took the victim’s phone and threw it out the window.
The woman told police Keener said he was going to, “cut her up into pieces and put her in the river.” He also allegedly threatened to “burn her house down and kill her family.”
Around 7:42 a.m. Monday, Keener ordered the woman to drive him to Excela Health Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant in order to obtain a prescription for pain pills. Keener told the woman to walk him into the hospital, go back outside and park the car and then come back inside.
The woman led him into the hospital, got back in her car and fled to her parents’ home in order to call 911.
Keener was arrested Tuesday morning, and charged with multiple counts, including kidnapping, assault and unlawful restraint. He is being held in the Westmoreland County Jail held on $500,000 straight cash bond.
KDKA’s Ross Guidotti contacted the victim. She declined to comment, but did say she is recovering from her injuries.