A Williamsburg man lured a 27-year-old Wisconsin woman to New York through an online ad and repeatedly raped her during a nine-day imprisonment as his “sex slave,” cops said.
Officers arrested John Hopkins, 45, on Saturday night, when they stormed into his Humboldt Street apartment and discovered his alleged victim in a catatonic state and curled up in the fetal position on his mattress, shivering and naked.
The Midwestern woman met her suspected abuser through a Craigslist ad that she spotted several weeks ago when she was searching for a place to live in New York City.
Hopkins allegedly told her on the phone that if she cooked and cleaned for him, she could stay in his East Williamsburg apartment for free. He even offered to buy her a one-way plane ticket from Wisconsin to JFK Airport.
She accepted the deal and arrived on Feb. 4. But seconds after entering the apartment near Meserole Avenue, the victim discovered the reason for Hopkins’s largesse: Cops say he told her that she would have to be his slave — and over the next nine days, he allegedly beat the victim and forced her to have sex with him repeatedly.
The victim told law enforcement officials that Hopkins handcuffed her to a radiator, sometimes blindfolded her, putting gags in her mouth, and bound her hands above her head with a rope attached to a bolt that hung from the, a source said.
Hopkins let her leave the apartment several times throughout the week so she could report to her new job at a restaurant in the city — but the victim never called 911 or her family until Feb. 12.
On Saturday, she finally called her mother, who alerted police in Wisconsin who contacted Brooklyn detectives.
When police arrived, they found Hopkins and his victim as well as bolts on the ceiling, a rope on the floor, and a bag by the bed with a pair of handcuffs, a ball gag, a whip and several other sex toys, according to sources.
Hopkins was arrested and charged with rape, aggravated sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment and faces up to 25 years in prison. He is being held on $350,000 bail, according to prosecutors.
It is unclear whether Hopkins has an attorney at press time. Hopkins’s Williamsburg phone number has been disconnected.
The victim was sent to Woodhull Hospital where she has been treated for rape-related injuries.
©2011 Community News Group
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