Crime

Bradenton man charged with beating wife

MANATEE — A 43-year-old man posted a $30,000 bond after he was arrested for allegedly using zip ties and duct tape to bound his estranged wife before beating her, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Jeffrey Lewis Bayley of Bradenton met with his wife over dinner to discuss retaining the titles of vehicles and trailers that the couple shares. The woman held on to the titles because he would sell them without her approval or knowledge, according to the report.

After Bayley had been drinking heavily, he blocked the woman from leaving his RV and demanded the titles again.

When she tried to pass him, he restrained her with zip ties and struck her several times. When she was able to free herself, Bayley used duct tape to secure the woman. She was able to free herself again and was restrained with rope and more duct tape.

He continued to make demands for the titles and beat her. He threatened kill her sister and cut off the fingers of her daughter unless she gave him the titles.

When Bayley eventually left Friday afternoon, she was able to crawl out the front door. He was waiting outside and pulled her to the ground. Witnesses intervened and freed her.

Bayley was charged with false imprisonment and domestic battery. He has a prior conviction of domestic battery with his wife for which he is currently on probation.

On Oct. 31, he was arrested for domestic battery in another incident and also charged with drug possession.

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