Man who rescued woman says she begged for help

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MOUNT VERNON, Ind. — A man credited with rescuing a woman allegedly held captive for two months by a southwestern Indiana couple says the woman begged him to help her escape.

Ron Higgs tells WEHT-TV this ex-wife and her boyfriend were holding the woman in a small wooden cage, but that they allowed her out to cook and clean.

Higgs says he visited Kendra Tooley and Ricky Roy House Jr., Thursday and was dumbfounded when Tooley told him, “I’ve got a girl back here in a cage.”

The 61-year-old Higgs tells WFIE-TV the woman, who was reported missing July 9, pleaded for help. He drove her to safety Saturday after convincing House and Tooley that he wouldn’t tell police.

The Posey County couple faces preliminary charges of rape and criminal confinement.




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