A North Pole couple faces felony charges for reportedly beating a woman, threatening her with a bat and stealing her car Saturday.
According to a criminal complaint, Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of Florence Street and Janel Avenue at 5:25 p.m. after getting a report of a woman honking a car horn and yelling for help. The caller said the woman ran from the car and that a shirtless man was chasing her.
The woman contacted troopers while they were en route and said her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Ray Hunt, 35, and a woman, later identified as Maura Murrill, 34, forced her out of her Pontiac Grand Prix. The woman said Murrill beat her but that she was able to flee on foot and take shelter at a nearby home.
When contacted by troopers, the woman was crying, shaking, disheveled, dirty and her knees were scraped, according to the complaint.
The woman told troopers she and Hunt had broken up two days earlier and that she went to his house at 1 p.m. Saturday to retrieve some personal items. Hunt wasn't there, so the woman went inside to wait for him.
Hunt came home with his new girlfriend, Murrill, and initially didn't seem upset that the woman was there. Hunt and Murrill smoked methamphetamine and Hunt became suspicious that the woman had a key to his house, according to the woman's statement.
Hunt searched the woman's purse and took her car keys and phone. Hunt and Murrill began searching the woman's car and she slammed the driver's-side door on Murrill to get them to stop. Murrill grabbed the woman's hair and punched her until she stopped fighting back.
Hunt and Murrill made the woman stay on the ground and Murrill threatened to beat her with a baseball bat if she moved. Hunt finished searching the car, grabbed the baseball bat, made the woman sit in the driver's seat and wouldn't let her leave. She began honking the horn and yelling for help, at which point Hunt threatened to beat her face in with the bat. Hunt smashed the woman's windshield and busted in the passenger side window and she fled the scene, leaving her car behind.
The woman told troopers she thought Hunt took her car and hid it somewhere, according to the complaint.
Troopers contacted Hunt and Murrill at a friend's house. Murrill said the woman slammed the car door on her for no reason and pulled her earring out. Hunt said he broke up the fight and he and Murrill left in Murrill's car. Both denied knowing where the woman's car was located. When Hunt was told he was being arrested for vehicle theft, he made some calls and "somehow heard from someone that an unknown person located (the woman's) vehicle in a field by his house," according to the complaint.
A records check showed Hunt was on conditions of release for a pending 2018 vehicle theft case and a pending 2018 stalking and harassment case.
Hunt and Murrill were arrested and charged with felony first-degree vehicle theft and felony third-degree assault. Hunt was also charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of violating conditions of release.
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