Man accused of waterboarding, girl crushed in Fort Smith, arrested in Tulsa – Information – Occasions Report
A man who reportedly tortured a woman in Fort Smith was arrested in Tulsa on Monday afternoon.
Jedediah Jermaine Kursh, 39, who lists an address in Oklahoma City, was arrested by Tulsa police at around 3:20 p.m. Monday. Fort Smith police had been visiting Kursh since Thursday after he reportedly handcuffed, soaked, hit, and shaved a woman he accused of cheating on him in her 1800 block apartment on Midland Boulevard.
The woman said at around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday that Fort Smith police tied Kursh to a chair with duct tape after taking her into the bathroom of her apartment to pray with him around 1:00 a.m. Then he shaved her head, hit her repeatedly, and drank her with water to get her to admit that she cheated on him.
The woman said she faked a seizure to get him to stop beating her, the report said.
The officers noticed severe swelling around the woman’s left eye and the left side of her mouth, a cut on the right side of her upper lip, and blood from her mouth. They also saw blood spatter on the beds and wall in the apartment, a pool of blood next to one of the beds, duct tape all over the room and on the chair in the bathroom, water and towels all over the room, and freshly cut hair on the floor.
After Kursh tortured the woman, he reportedly left the apartment in the woman’s vehicle and crashed on Blair and High Street that morning. According to a press release from the police department, he fled the area on foot.
Fort Smith police warned the public that any search for him should be classified as “extremely dangerous” by Monday.
Kursh’s arrest report was not yet ready for publication on Tuesday, according to Tulsa police.
“Regardless of how it happened, I’m very glad he’s not on the street,” said Fort Smith police spokesman Aric Mitchell. “It’s a relief.”
Kursh was held in Tulsa County Jail at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, awaiting extradition. Bond was fined $ 4,000 for the fake identity crime.
Kursh’s alleged crimes at Fort Smith include second-degree household batteries, false first-degree incarceration, and leaving the scene of an accident for property damage, the report said.