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SPD: Woman who says she was abused alerts neighbor, gets help

SEBRING - A woman who told authorities she had been hit every day since Christmas and not allowed to call anyone or go outside managed to get help by alerting someone Friday, a Sebring Police Department report states.

Jermaine Marquis Thompson, 30, 719 W. Palmetto St., Avon Park, remained in Highlands County Jail Tuesday on $150,000 bail and has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, kidnaping/false imprisonment and obstructing justice.

When police knocked on the door of the Sebring home, they heard someone crying inside.

Thompson told them he was alone at home with his kids and "nothing was happening" and no one else was inside, the report states.

When authorities searched the home they saw the victim crying inside a closet, the report adds.

She had "severe swelling" to her eyes and face and told them she was in "a lot of pain," the report said.

She told authorities Thompson beat her every day since Christmas, injuring her and threatening to kill her and her family if she contacted police, the report adds.

Thompson did not let her go outside, the report adds, and Thursday "put the dull side of a kitchen knife to her throat and told her if she told anyone he was going to kill her."

She got help by alerting someone who was working on his car outside the home, the report adds. When the person looked toward the home, he saw the victim standing by the front porch, the report adds. She looked "terrified" and had "several bruises" he told authorities.

After the victim told the person to get help, Thompson was seen coming back home, the person told police.

The victim told Sebring police she and Thompson have lived together for more than a year, the report adds.

Man found with multiple drugs in motel room, authorities say

SEBRING - Authorities who were responding to a noise complaint at a Sebring motel Friday arrested a 24-year-old man they say had more than three types of drugs in his motel room.

Edger Leopoaend Myers Goldsmith 24, 313 Poinsettia St., was charged with possession of oxycodone, marijuana and cocaine, a Highlands County Sheriff's Office report states.

Authorities found 24 1/2 oxycodone pills in a sweater that Goldsmith first said was his, then denied when the pill bottle was found inside, the report adds.

The sheriff's office found cocaine in a Ziplock bag, marijuana in a bag under the mattress, a tobacco can with four Alprazolam pills, drug paraphernalia and an unmarked prescription pill bottle on the night-stand, the report adds.

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