After being held captive at a Nevada motel for six months by her ex-boyfriend, a woman was freed over the weekend thanks to a Facebook post.
The victim, 26-year-old Sheena Herschbach, had reportedly been held captive by 34-year-old Jason Greniger, who allegedly threatened to kill her if she attempted to escape.
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Greniger was arrested on Saturday at the MV Motel in Mesquite, a golfing and gambling resort town 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, according to Detective Sergeant MaQuade Chesley, a spokesman for the Mesquite Police Department, Reuters reported
According to authorities, the victim had not been physically restrained by Greniger, who routinely sent her to a nearby store for food and beer. Fear from his alleged death threat apparently paralyzed her and prevented her from taking action until recently.
"She had opportunities to contact police, it just took her six months to get the courage to do it," Chesley said. "She legitimately believed that he would kill her, hurt her or hurt her family if she didn't stay with him."
In addition to be charged with second-degree kidnapping, Greniger is also being held on an outstanding warrant stemming from a first degree felony charge in Minnesota, where he allegedly maliciously punished a child, Chesley added.
Greniger is currently being held in Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas with a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.
Herschbach's Facebook post that alerted police to her situation read: "I just want to let every one know I’m sarry I whant to come home but he wont let me yes Jason don’t knoe im online in mesquet novata at the mv motel."
The post was then relayed to the Mesquite Police by a friend of Herschbach, the Las Vegas Sun reported
Herschbach had reportedly managed to get access to her Facebook account when Greniger allowed her to visit a nearby public library.
Prior to Saturday, Herschbach had for six months not had any contact with her family, which includes several children. During her forced-absence, Herschbach reportedly missed her own mother's death.
It was not reported who watched over the children while the 26-year-old was being held captive.
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