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Man allegedly beat, drugged woman to keep her in Dewey home

Woman said she met the man on Tinder

Phillip Nelson was arrested Monday, Aug. 6, for allegedly imprisoning a woman in a Dewey home.

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Phillip Nelson was arrested Monday, Aug. 6, for allegedly imprisoning a woman in a Dewey home.

A man who allegedly imprisoned a woman in his home by beating her and sedating her with drugs has been arrested on multiple felony charges.

On Monday, Aug. 6, at about 2:20 p.m., Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Tapadero Drive in Dewey on reports of a woman being held against her will, according to a PVPD news release. When officers arrived, they spoke to a 35 year old woman who said she had moved in with a man she had met on Tinder because she had been “kicked out” of where she had been living.

She stated to officers that once she moved in, the man immediately took her phone and would not let her contact family or friends. When she tried to leave, the man physically beat her and began to inject her with heroin and methamphetamine in order to keep her sedated, she reported. She identified the man as 36-year-old Phillip Nelson.

With the help of other law enforcement, Nelson was found and arrested Monday by the Chino Valley Police Department and turned over to the PVPD for processing, PVPD reported.

Following an investigation, Nelson was transported to the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde and charged with multiple felonies, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or instrument per domestic violence (DV), aggravated assault with strangulation or smothering per DV; threat causing physical injury per DV; unlawful imprisonment per DV; prohibited possessor possessing a weapon; use of deadly weapon during commission of a felony; and possession and use of dangerous drugs.

The investigation in ongoing, PVPD reported.