Deputies: Woman Held Captive in Oroville Attic; Sexually Assaulted

Prosecutors in Northern California say they plan to pursue charges against a man accused of holding his ex-wife hostage in his attic – even though the woman has recanted the story. Lawson Rankin, 29, of Oroville was arrested this week after sheriff’s deputies discovered his ex-wife trapped behind a wall in the attic of his house. She told deputies that she had been held captive there for two weeks and was repeatedly beaten and raped by Rankin. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the woman, whose identity has not been released, told him Thursday that she wasn’t held against her will and she doesn’t want to testify. When deputies went to Rankin’s Oroville house to check on his ex-wife Monday, he said he didn’t know where she was, but they noticed he was covered in drywall mud. The officers saw an area wet with the mud and broke the seal to find the woman trapped inside, official said.

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