Woman escapes from Austin area man alleged to have held her against her will Print
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:34



A woman who allegedly escape from her captor after being held against her will for two days told Indiana State Police a harrowing tale of the incident.

The woman was interviewed by ISP Trooper Tracy Spencer at the emergency room at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg. She said that Jeffrey Scott Combs, 29, Austin, kept her at his East Crothersville Road residence for two days.

During that time, the woman said Combs hit her and strangled her twice, almost causing her to pass out. She was treated at the hospital for bruises on her face, arms, legs and neck.

How she got into the situation is almost as bizarre. The victim related that Combs and an unidentified woman came into her home in Commiskey on November 4. She said she was assaulted and held down while Combs injected her with an unknown substance. When she woke up, she said she was at Combs' home and the subsequent abuse took place.

On November 7, she said she was able to get out of the residence and ran down Whitsitt Road. She said Combs ran after her, caught her and hit her, then attempted to strangle her beside the road.

Six people in a van said they saw the assault take place as they drove northbound on Whitsitt Rd. They turned around, and as they were southbound, they saw the couple again. The woman said she ran toward the van and was allowed inside by the occupants, escaping from Combs. The people took her to the Commiskey residence.

When he was interviewed, Combs said the woman willingly came with him and his grandmother on November 4 to his house on Crothersville Rd. He said he saw her run from the house on November 7 and went after her, where he “...kept her at the road by grabbing (hugging) her until the van came by...”

The man with which the woman was living in Commiskey also offered a statement, saying she had disappeared from the home while he was showering, and he didn't see her again until people brought her home on November 7.

Combs remains at the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg in lieu of bail of $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash. He has been charged with one count each of criminal confinement, a Level 5 felony, strangulation, a Level 6 felony and battery as a Class A misdemeanor.

Combs has an initial trial date of February 23. He has a public defender.

A no contact order has been entered to protect the woman from Combs if he is released on bond.