GREAT FALLS – Owen Jade Hawley, 28, and Teasha Marie Lee, 25, both face several charges for kidnapping and assault after allegedly holding a man captive and beating him.
On August 22, an officer was dispatched to Town Pump for a complaint of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with a man who indicated he had been chased to the location by Hawley.
According to court documents, the man told the officer Hawley had pulled up next to him in a pickup (later determined to be stolen), pointed a gun at him, and told him to get in the truck.
The man said he ran away as he was afraid of being shot due to a similar incident that occurred on August 20.
The man told the officer that on August 20, Hawley, Lee, and two other individuals held him captive in a detached garage at the back of a property
Court documents state that Hawley allegedly had given Lee a handgun and told her “you know what to do if he tries to escape.”
The man said he was afraid to leave and that while being held, Lee repeatedly hit him with a baseball bat and brass knuckles at Hawley’s direction.
The officer observed a large wound to the left side of the man’s scalp as well as several large bruises on his arms and legs. The man said he managed to escape a few hours later.
A search warrant was obtained and executed on the residence and garage where a bat and brass knuckles were recovered.
Lee confessed to striking the victim with the baseball bat and brass knuckles.
Court documents continue that the stolen pickup was recovered near Hawley’s residence.
Lee has been charged with two felonies for assault with a weapon and aggravated kidnapping (acountability). She has previous convictions for theft and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Prosecutors requested her bond be set at $25,000.
Hawley has been charged with several felonies including two counts of aggravated kidnapping, assault with a weapon, theft, and aggravated kidnapping (attempt). He has previous convictions for disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, obstructing a peace officer, theft, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal endangerment, robbery, and partner/family member assault among others.
Prosecutors requested his bond be set at $75,000.