Police say man kept his badly abused wife in chains

POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 1:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 1:19pm

A West Virginia man is facing charges after allegedly holding his wife hostage for 10 years and brutally beating her.

Peter Lizon, of Leroy, is charged with malicious wounding.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman staying at the Family Crisis Intervention Center in Parkersburg had met a woman that was brutally beaten by her husband and reported it to authorities.

The woman, in an interview with investigators, described meeting Lizon's wife while staying at the shelter in Parkersburg.

She described his wife as "gaunt and filthy," and told investigators that she spent the entire night talking with Lizon's wife during her stay.

During the conversation, according to the criminal complaint, Lizon's wife told the woman that her husband had kept her chained up with metal padlocks and chains for about 10 years.

The woman noticed scar tissue on the victim's hands and ankles.

Lizon's wife allegedly told the woman that the scars were from the chains tearing into her skin.

After investigators finished the interview with the woman they were able to obtain a warrant to gain more information from the shelter in which the women stayed.

According to the complaint, 45 photos were turned over to investigators showing the injuries that had been described to them.

"This is a case that is tenfold of what our average domestic is and maybe more than that. It comes down to what appears to be slavery and torture, it seems to be the aspects of this case," Jackson County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Tony Boggs said.

On July 2, according to the complaint, Lizon took his wife and their child to return a roto-tiller attachment that he had rented from a local store.

While returning the equipment, Lizon's wife was able to walk away from the truck and hide in a local Zumba dance facility.

Lizon left with their child and his wife was able to find a ride to the shelter in Parkersburg.

Lizon is being held in the South Central Regional Jail in lieu of $300,000 bail. 

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