A Mississippi man faces four felonies in connection to allegedly kidnapping a woman and beating her during a late-night drive from Farmington to Dent County, according to documents filed Sept. 8 into circuit court.
Michael J. Munson, 50, of Cleveland, Mississippi, is charged with felony counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree domestic assault resulting in serious physical injuries, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
Munson was arrested Sept. 8 after he was found by officers with a woman displaying several injuries, according to the case’s probable cause statement. The statement details the woman was covered in dried blood with several hematomas on her face and a large tear to her upper lip. Upon discovery, the woman was transported for treatment to Salem Memorial District Hospital and later released to give a statement to law enforcement.
During an interview at the Salem Police Department the woman said she and Munson left Farmington around 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 under the impression they were going to visit a store and return. However, she said Munson took her phone, assaulted her several times and broke her glasses and a denture. The woman also alleged Munson threatened her with a knife and a handgun – which was discharged inside the vehicle at one point during the incident.
The woman told officers Munson made several paranoid accusations toward her claiming she’d kidnapped his family, according to the statement. She pleaded with Munson to be let out of the vehicle but was refused as the drive continued. Upon seeing Salem Memorial District Hospital after arriving in Salem, the statement says she said she asked for medical treatment as she feared she would bleed to death. Munson was soon after taken into custody in Salem after Munson pulled up next to a building and was found by an officer.
Munson is quoted as making a series of paranoid accusations during an initial conversation and during a later interview declining to further comment.
The statement says a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun was recovered from the car as evidence by officers. It concludes by citing Munson is a convicted felon and disqualified from owning or possessing a firearm.