Court docs: Women assaulted, held prisoner for days at home on Indy’s east side
UPDATE (Feb. 11, 2019) — Jose Nieves pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to 10 years. A judge ordered him to spend the first 9 years of the sentence in the Department of Correction and the last year on work release with Community Corrections. He could get a sentence modification for the last 2 years of the sentence with successful completion of a purposeful incarceration program. Six other counts were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.
Thomas Bell pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon and a count of carrying a handgun without a license with a prior conviction. He was sentenced to 16 years, with the first 12 to be served in the Department of Correction and 2 years to be served on GPS monitoring with Community Corrections. Two years of the sentence were suspended. Seven other counts against him were dismissed as part of his plea deal.
Kenneth Braswell pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. He also had a sentence enhancement for being a habitual offender. He was sentenced to a total of 30 years (15 years each for the kidnapping counts to be served consecutively), with the first 22 years to be served in the Department of Correction and 1 year in Community Corrections. The remaining seven years of the sentence were suspended and he’ll also be on probation for 2 years. The other counts against him were dismissed as part of the plea deal.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two Terre Haute women say they were beaten and held prisoner in an east side house for several days. One says she was also raped during the incident.
Three men are facing a long list of charges as a result. According to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday, 32-year-old Kenneth A. Braswell, 26-year-old Thomas James Bell and 35-year-old Jose Nieves are being charged with a total of 26 counts, including rape, criminal confinement, kidnapping, possession of meth and battery by means of a deadly weapon.
The women, who are married, say they came to Indianapolis on Nov. 10 to do heroin at a woman’s house in the 1400 block of N. Grant Ave., according to the affidavit. During their stay, one of the victims reportedly borrowed a vehicle from the woman to visit her son in Danville. When the victim didn’t return the vehicle in a timely manner, the woman, who has not been charged in this case, allegedly got angry and told her “I’m keeping your wife until I get my car back.”
The victim at the house told police that the woman then struck her in the head and pushed the barrel of a gun into her forehead before the people at the house bound her hands and feet with duct tape. According to the affidavit, the victim says she was then placed in a “big closet,” where she claims Braswell raped her.
After that incident, the victim says she was taken to the home’s basement, where she was physically assaulted some more. At some point on Nov. 11, her wife returned to the house in the woman’s vehicle and the residents allegedly assaulted her as well. The women say they were held against their will in the basement until Nov. 14, when Bell and Nieves put them in the woman’s vehicle and started driving to Bargersville.
While en route, the women say the car got a flat tire and they pulled into a Circle K parking lot in the 4200 block of S. Emerson Ave. The women say the men allowed them to go inside to use the bathroom while they waited for someone to change the flat. That’s when the victims went straight to the clerk and contacted police. Bell and Nieves were apprehended outside the gas station.
Police later served a search warrant at the Grant Ave. home, where they arrested several people on multiple offenses. During their search, officers say they found a bloody towel, bloody sweatpants in the “big closet” and a large puddle of blood in the basement. A black handgun was also located.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.