'You won't leave here alive': Woman pretended to be dead to escape sex, drugs and beatings

‘You won’t leave here alive’: Woman pretended to be dead to escape sex, drugs and beatings

(As originally published with additional photos, Thu, February 8th 2024)

FORT MYERS, Fla. (TND) — A man who is no stranger to the Lee County Jail in Florida is accused of beating, tying down, and threatening a woman with a firearm, according to his latest arrest report.

That report said a week ago, on Feb. 1, a Fort Myers police officer was dispatched “to a breach of peace” and met a woman who said a man named “Glenn” did all that to her.

Glenn Elwin Vaters was identified by his car’s license plate and officers found him on his front porch, across the street.

“Due to the nature of the allegations,” the report said, the officer “drew his firearm and ordered the male to exit the front porch.”

He confirmed his identity as Glenn Vaters, and was detained.

That’s when the officer “began patting Vaters down for weapons when [the officer] located a pipe used for smoking narcotics in his pocket.

“[The officer] then located a gum wrapper with a suspect rock of cocaine in his shirt pocket.

“Vaters was then placed in the backseat of [the officer’s] marked patrol vehicle.”

At police headquarters, “[The officer] located another cocaine rock in his left pants pocket.”

According to the arrest report, “Presumptive field tests returned with positive results for cocaine,” and a backup officer offered some background.

It said the victim, who is 52, “met Vaters about a month ago” on a dating website and they “will hang out and do drugs together. They have hung out multiple times since she met him.

“Early this morning, Vaters sent an Uber to pick her up from her house in North Fort Myers.

“When [the victim] got in the Uber, there was another female inside. [The victim] and the unknown female were Ubered to Vater’s house. They met Vaters and went inside. [The victim] advised that they all did multiple drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, and fentanyl.”

After the drugs, “[The victim] said that Vaters and the female had sex multiple times there but did not participate. [The victim] told Vaters and the unknown female that she wanted to leave, and they told her she could not leave.

“[The victim] attempted to leave, and she believed that Vaters and the unknown female thought she stole their drugs.

“[The victim] stated that Vaters and the unknown female were high and acting crazy toward her.

“[The victim] went to leave, and Vaters and the unknown female grabbed [the victim] from her pants to hold her back from being able to leave, which caused her pants to come down. During that time, [the victim] fell to the ground.

“Vaters said to [the victim], ‘You won’t leave here alive.’ Vaters and the unknown female hit her in the face multiple times and kicked her.

“[The victim] pulled out her lighter to pretend it was a gun to defend herself. Vaters then pulled out of firearm. [The victim] stated she does not fully recall what happened with the firearm because she went in and out of consciousness. [The victim] said Vaters and the unknown female choked her. [The victim] said she was in fear for her life and thought Vaters and the unknown female were going to kill her.

'You won't leave here alive': Woman pretended to be dead to escape sex, drugs and beatings
Glenn Elwin Vaters was booked in (from left) 1999, 2000, 2006, 2015 twice, and Feb. 1, 2024. Click through to see the charges and how long he stayed. (Lee Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“[The victim] stated that she lay on the ground to pretend she was dead so they would stop hitting her. [The victim] saw an opportunity to escape the house and ran through the screens of the front patio. [The victim] stated she ran to a neighbor’s house across the street for help.”

The unknown woman got away.

The victim was taken to the hospital. “Her left eye was swollen shut,” the arrest report said. “The victim was in obvious pain.”

Vaters, 58, was charged with kidnapping-false imprisonment, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance, and possession and/or use of drug equipment.

He spent three days in jail before being released.

Vaters has been in jail in Lee County at least six other times. In 1999, it was for DUI in Cape Coral. In 2000, it was for disorderly conduct.

In 2002, it was for DUI, possession of a small amount of marijuana, and possession of narcotic equipment. No booking photo was available from this arrest.

His arrest in 2006 was for loitering or prowling.

His first arrest in 2015 was for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving with a suspended license.

His other 2015 arrest was for having any open container of alcohol and a probation violation.

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