PALMER, MASS. (WHDH) - A Palmer man has been ordered held without bail in connection with an alleged sexual assault early Wednesday morning after a woman fled through the woods, flagged down a truck driver on the highway and reported the incident to police.
Leemichael Collins, 25, was arraigned in Palmer District Court on a slew of charges after a 38-year-old woman emerged from the woods onto the Mass. Pike around 5:20 a.m. and told authorities that she had been held against her will, sexually assaulted, and strangled inside a camping trailer in Palmer.
“It’s alleged that the defendant did tie up the victim, beat the victim and strangled the victim to the point of unconsciousness,” a prosecutor said.
Police found Collins hours later a trailer park on Flynt Street in Palmer.
The woman was treated at a local hospital.
Collins is due back in court next week for a dangerousness hearing.