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Woman Held Captive For Three Weeks After Meeting Man On Dating App

Bangor Township, MI – A 45-year-old man allegedly held a woman hostage for three weeks after meeting her on a dating app.

Trevor Double is accused of beating Kaila McCleary, 24, while he held her against his will in his Van Buren county home, according to WWMT.

Double met McCleary on the MeetMe dating app. The two spoke for several weeks before going out on a first date, according to WWMT.

In early April, Double showed up at her home unannounced to go to breakfast for a second date.

“I didn’t know what his intention was,” McCleary said, according to WWMT.

Double held McCleary against her will at his home for three weeks and beat her several times. McCleary said she was afraid to leave, according to WWMT.

“When I told him I wanted to leave, he would beat on me more,” McCleary said, according to WMMT. “I remember a few times, standing there when he was asleep, and just questioning, like, ‘Should I go outside and try to get away? What should I do?’”

Police said that Double accused McCleary of cheating on him and said he was going to kill her if she kept lying to him. Double also threatened to harm McCleary’s eight-year-old son, according to the police report.

McCleary said she tried to escape once by jumping out of a moving vehicle.

Oxygen.com reported it obtained a copy of the police report which said that after Double beat McCleary several times, he took her to a hospital in Paw Paw. While in the hospital, McCleary asked the hospital staff to help her.

“I told the doctor, ‘Please don’t let me leave with him,’” McCleary said, according to Oxygen. “He’s going to kill me.”

Police investigated and found a broken cell phone they think was used to beat McCleary and bloody gauze.

Oxygen reported that Double was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm and burglary. The Van Buren County Jail confirmed Double was in custody. WWMT reported he was being held on a $50,000 bond.

Double had previously been convicted in 2004 on a manslaughter charge and was released in January of 2013 on probation.

Written by
Tom Gantert

Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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