Stockton Police arrested a man suspected of kidnapping a girl and beating her for several days Monday.
Investigators say 39-year-old Thornton Cooley held the girl three or four days ago against her will after she willfully went to a house along North Aiport Way, near East Park Street.
A man claiming to live at that house told FOX40 that she wasn’t held against her will, but police say otherwise.
“She tried to leave, actually walked outside, when he went out there and grabbed her by the hair, dragged her back inside the house and beat her up,” Stockton Police Spokesman Joe Silva said.
Officers say, at one point, the girl was beaten after she tried to walk outside. She was eventually able to escape and call her mother.
Police arrested Cooley at the house. He was booked on suspicion of kidnapping and drug possession.