Leesville man arrested for keeping fiancée chained in bedroom

Published 7:13 pm Thursday, June 23, 2022

A Leesville man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly keeping his fiancée chained up inside their bedroom and physically abusing her while accusing her of infidelity.

Robert Allen McCrary, 30, was charged with false imprisonment and domestic abuse battery after authorities said the woman escaped the couple’s home and flagged down a passing motorist for help.

Sheriff Sam Craft said the incident unfolded on the evening of June 22, when deputies responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence on Art Perkins Road in Leesville where they found McCrary in a verbal argument with his father. Deputies reported the argument was because McCrary had accused his fiancée of infidelity.

Craft said deputies left the scene after advising the men to calm down, but a short time later a woman was brought into the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office with visible injuries to her face and wearing chains padlocked to her wrists.
The woman claimed she was McCrary’s fiancée.

According to Craft, the woman had flagged down a motorist on Art Perkins Road, whom she did not know was an off-duty deputy, and that deputy brought her to VPSO. The woman said McCrary continuously accused her of being unfaithful and said his paranoia makes him chain her up to a clothesline stretched across the bedroom.

Craft said the chains seen on the woman were about 8 1/2-feet long with a padlock on each wrist.

The victim said McCrary would not allow her to leave the bedroom except on some occasions when he would “walk” her into the yard while he maintained control of her by holding on to the chain.

During the times she was chained up, the victim said McCrary would perform “exams” of her body and become angry saying that could smell evidence of another man on her.

The day she escaped, the victim said McCrary had taken her into the kitchen and chained her to the kitchen table while he went outside to have an argument with someone, and that was when she had been able to make her escape.  As she spoke with deputies, Craft said they observed numerous discolorations and bruising on the victim’s face and head area, which the woman said were caused by McCrary slapping and hitting her. She said he also caused her to fall and hit her face against an air conditioning unit.

The woman also reported she had an infant child who was not in the home at the time, and that she is pregnant with another child.
Deputies traveled back to the residence where McCrary was taken into custody without incident. According to Craft, McCrary reportedly told deputies the victim was mentally disabled and that being chained up had been her idea.

Craft said when deputies interviewed the victim, they did observe some type of cognitive impairment.
McCrary was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail with no bond set.