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Man suspected of confining, assaulting woman in custody

A man suspected of confining and assaulting a woman — an incident that left a woman naked on a St. John’s street — has been arrested. 

Blaine Edwin West, 42, was picked up by police late Tuesday afternoon, after a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Police had been looking for West as a result of an incident that happened at around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

A woman was found naked and screaming outside West’s apartment on Springdale Street. Her screams drew the attention of neighbours, one of whom threw a blanket to her to cover up. 

When police arrived minutes later, she told them that West had confined her against her will and assaulted her.

The 36-year-old woman, Cora Hunter, was taken to hospital for treatment and was then taken into custody, as she was under court orders not to have any contact with West. 

The two reportedly had a on-again, off-again relationship and were said to have met earlier that day and decided to go to West’s place. 

Hunter appeared in provincial court Tuesday and was released on a recognizance. She’s due back before a judge on Thursday. 

Meanwhile, West is scheduled to appear in court today (Wednesday). He’s charged with unlawful confinement, assault causing bodily harm, choking to overcome resistance and two counts of breaching court orders. 

West was also on court orders to have no contact with Hunter.  

Hunter’s court orders to stay away from West stem from an incident on Feb. 28, when she allegedly assaulted him. She is also charged with theft.

West was charged with uttering threats to her on May 16.

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