Thursday, November 5, 2020

Couple is charged with imprisonment, torture

An Inkster couple has been arraigned on charges of torture, unlawful imprisonment and assault after a man allegedly escaped their home and was found by police.

The victim was allegedly held against his will and tortured by the Inkster couple who used a dog shock collar, boiling water, a towel soaked in dog urine, extension cords and a wooden board to torment him.

The victim escaped his captors' home on the 4000 block of Burton Oct. 22 and was found by Inkster police officers who took him to a hospital, according to WXYZ Detroit. He was wearing only underwear and was covered in bruises and injuries when he was found by police.

The criminal complaint alleges that Vera Miller, 38, and Corey Hill, 30, both of Inkster, put a dog shock collar on the victim and shocked him with it, forced him to chew on a dog urine-soaked towel, whipped him with extension cords, beat him with a wooden board, and forced him to put his hand in a bucket of boiling water for several minutes, the report said.

Miller and Hill were arraigned by video Tuesday, Oct. 27, on charges of torture, unlawful imprisonment and assault, according to police reports. They both pleaded not guilty during their arraignment in 22nd District Court and were each given a $250,000 cash bond. The couple's court appointed attorney said they have three children as young as 2 years old. The attorney also said Miller does hair for a living out of her home.

They remain lodged at the Inkster jail in lieu of bond, according to last reports.