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Woman who was raped, chained up reacts to her attacker's arrest

Posted at 4:49 PM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 18:18:42-04

INDIANAPOLIS – A woman who was chained up, beaten and sexually assaulted for several days in a home on Indianapolis’ north side is speaking out after her accuser was arrested Thursday morning.

"I was happy, I was like almost out of breath," said the woman. The 24-year-old met Maurice Nelson, 28, through a phone chat service in July and he picked her up from a local motel.

According to court documents, Nelson chained her to a pole in the basement of a house and sexually assaulted her.

"I never put my head down and gave up on life itself, I just kept going and tried to push through it," said the woman. A neighbor eventually heard the woman's screams and police rescued her.

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“I wanted to get him off the streets and I want to show him how strong I am that now you're caught and I'm still living my life. You put your life away for me so…I won and you lost,” she said.

A pastor flagged down police on Market Street on Thursday and Nelson, who was with the pastor, admitted he had a warrant.

Nelson faces felony charges and his initial hearing is set for Tuesday morning.

The woman says she wanted to send a message to her attacker and other victims of sexual assault, "It's important 'cause you never know who is, what somebody got planned, you never know what somebody went through in their mind.. of course he is a sick individual, but I would have never knew that because he would have never showed me before,"