Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 52-year-old Salem man who was formally charged in Marion County Court on Friday with unlawful restraint and domestic battery.
Steven Orrell of East Main is accused of nailing shut the two exits from his home to keep his girlfriend from being able to leave following a disturbance where he is also accused of grabbing her by the neck and forcing her into a closet.
State’s Attorney Bill Milner noted during Orrell’s court appearance that he was already out on bond following an earlier domestic battery arrest involving the same women. Milner told the court the alleged victim sent a Facebook message to an assistant state’s attorney handling that case asking for help. The prosecutor called Salem Police.
Upon arrival, police found the victim had got a door open after Orrell reportedly fell asleep and was outside. Milner said marks on the alleged victim’s neck matched her story.
Due to the prior pending case, Milner asked and received the $100,000 bond from Judge Joel Powless.