CHESTER -- A 31-year-old Chester man was denied bond Wednesday after police say he kidnapped, raped, beat and held a woman against her will for two days. This comes less than two weeks after completing a jail sentence for a domestic violence conviction against the same woman.
Police charged James Edward McLean Jr. of 156 1/2 Cemetery St. with kidnapping; criminal sexual conduct, first degree; and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature in connection with an alleged incident police say occurred over a two-day period at his Chester home.
On Sunday around 8 p.m., a 20-year-old woman met McLean at his home, said investigator Shane Stuart of the Chester County Sheriff's Office.
"He was mad at her," Stuart said about the woman, who on Sunday had eaten at a friend's home and brought a plate for McLean. "He yanked her into the house and tied her up. She was tied up against her will and held overnight."
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Arrest warrants state McLean tied the woman's hands and feet with multiple mini-blind cords. The documents note he forced, confined and threaten the woman with a knife and a wooden chair or table leg.
The woman told police that McLean beat her several times, according to an incident report from the Sheriff's Office.
According to warrants, McLean hit the woman in her face and body and sexually assaulted her three or four times Sunday night.
On Monday, the mailman brought McLean a check, Stuart said.
"He went to cash it," Stuart said. "That's when she was able to get herself loose and run to a nearby neighbor's house."
Police arrived around 3:50 p.m. Monday.
"They found a female who had been injured and physically and sexually assaulted," Stuart said. "She had been struck with a blunt object on her face and body. We saw injuries consistent with someone punching her."
The woman was taken to Chester Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released Monday, Stuart said.
McLean surrendered to police at his Chester home without incident late Monday afternoon, Stuart said.
Police do not have a motive for the incident; however, McLean and the woman were a couple in the past, Stuart said.
McLean was released from jail Dec. 9 after serving an abbreviated sentence on a domestic violence conviction against the same woman, Stuart said.
Not first criminal venture
McLean's criminal history dates back to 1999, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. The document shows several other charges, including simple assault and battery, a drug-related charge and multiple trespassing charges.
The newest charges against McLean could bring up to a combined 70-year sentence. Criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature could carry up to 10 years, Assistant Solicitor Chris Taylor said.
Kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct, first degree, could each bring up to a 30-year sentence, he said.
McLean remained in custody Wednesday at the Chester County Detention Center.