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Kalamazoo man arrested, accused of torturing live-in girlfriend

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Kalamazoo woman is recovering from a series of injuries and her live-in boyfriend is behind bars on Friday night.

Police responded Friday to an apartment in the 1900 block of Colgrove on a report of a woman being assaulted and held against her will.

When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect--a 33-year-old Kalamazoo man--denied entry and refused to allow officers to speak to the woman, and proceeded to threaten officers that he would shoot them if they attempted to come in.

Officers made entry into the apartment, and arrested the suspect without further incident.

They found the woman, who they say had obviously been assaulted, and she told officers that she had been continuously tortured by the suspect since around 9:00 a.m. the previous morning.

The victim has lived with the suspect for 18 months.

Also in the apartment at the time were three children--a 4-month-old infant that belongs to the victim and the suspect, and 5- and 11-year-old children who police say belong to the suspect from a previous relationship.

The suspect is awaiting charges in the Kalamazoo County Jail. The case has been turned over to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's office for review.

The woman refused treatment for her injuries.