Pocatello man accused of kidnapping woman charged with additional felonies

December 16, 2018

POCATELLO — A local man who faces up to life in prison for allegedly kidnapping a woman before a five-hour police standoff last month was charged Tuesday with three additional felonies.

Douglas Jacob Blood, 28, of Pocatello, who was already incarcerated at the Bannock County Jail on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges — including attempted strangulation, kidnapping and first-degree stalking — is now facing three felony counts of domestic battery.

Blood is accused of battering a female victim he had a relationship with on three separate occasions in 2016 and 2017, police said.

During an interview with Pocatello police detectives on Dec. 5, after she was allegedly kidnapped on Nov. 28, the female victim said the first incident of alleged domestic battery occurred in July 2016.

Officers with the Pocatello Police Department were dispatched to a Pocatello residence for the report of a physical disturbance on July 13, 2016, police said.

At the home, officers came into contact with the woman’s 13-year-old daughter, who told police that she witnessed Blood throw her mother into a fence during a verbal argument outside. The 13-year-old girl said that the altercation continued inside the home after Blood forced the teenager and her mother into a bathroom inside the residence, police said.

Inside the bathroom, the teenager allegedly witnessed Blood grab “her mother by the ponytail” and proceed to drag her out of a bathtub by her hair.

Blood and the woman were not at the premises when police arrived, according to police reports.

Police said that a male roommate responded to the residence after the reported disturbance to look after the children and Blood and the woman never returned to the home while police were present.

Police attempted to contact the woman after the incident but were unable to reach her by phone or at the residence where the alleged incident occurred.

The second incident of alleged domestic battery occurred in November 2016 after Blood and the woman returned to Pocatello from a trip to Yellowstone National Park, the woman told police.

Blood and the woman had been arguing all day after Blood allegedly became upset that the woman refused to perform a sex act on Blood’s birthday, police said.

A verbal dispute turned into a physical altercation that ended with Blood allegedly head-butting the woman in the face with enough force that it broke her nose causing bone to protrude through the skin, police said.

The woman told police that she received medical treatment for her injuries at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello and when medical staff asked about how her nose was broken she said that Blood fell on top of her during a wrestling match.

The third alleged incident of domestic battery occurred in June 2017. Blood allegedly grabbed the woman from behind after a verbal argument and bit her on the shoulder and then slammed her head into a countertop, police said.

The woman sustained a deep laceration to her head that required several sutures, police said.

The woman provided police with photographs documenting her sustained injuries and 34 pages of medical records to support her statements to police.

Blood is also accused of attempting to strangle the woman during an altercation last month, police said.

Pocatello police responded to a Pocatello home on Nov. 10 for the report of a physical disturbance. On scene, the woman who shared a romantic relationship with Blood said she woke up to Blood strangling her, police said. During the attack, the woman suffered a fractured bone in her chest, police said.

Blood was not located at the scene and a few days later an arrest warrant was issued for the charge of attempted strangulation, police said.

Blood was arrested on the attempted strangulation warrant on Nov. 28 and was released from the Bannock County Jail the same day after posting a $25,000 bond.

Blood had also been arrested on Nov. 19 in connection to an incident in August, in which Blood was accused of committing misdemeanor domestic battery and injury to a child. Blood was released from the Bannock County Jail on Nov. 20 after posting a $500 bond.

In addition to the three felony domestic battery charges, Blood faces several other felony charges related to a five-hour standoff with police on Nov. 30 that culminated from an interview police conducted with the woman on Nov. 29.

Pocatello police officers on Nov. 29 responded to Portneuf Medical Center for the report of domestic battery incident. On scene, the woman told police that an argument with Blood inside a vehicle on Nov. 28 turned into a physical altercation that ended with Blood allegedly kidnapping and hiding her inside a home on Ravine Drive in Pocatello, police said.

Initially, the woman and Blood were arguing inside a vehicle on Kraft Road, police said. Blood allegedly tried to kiss the woman during the argument and the woman blocked the kiss with her hands. Blood allegedly bit the woman on the hand hard enough to leave teeth marks, and then proceeded to drive to the top of Trail Creek Road, police said.

After more arguing on the top of Trail Creek Road, Blood and the woman observed deputies with the Bannock County Sheriff’s driving up Trail Creek Road. Blood allegedly sped down the hill at 90 mph, and in the process, successfully evaded police. Blood parked the vehicle in front of a friend’s house on Ravine Drive and ordered the woman to hide in the basement until police cleared from the area, police said.

After police interviewed the woman on Nov. 29, a $100,000 nationwide warrant was issued for Blood’s arrest on Nov. 30

Blood was taken into custody at about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at a home on Ravine Drive in Pocatello, where he had allegedly barricaded himself since the alleged kidnapping on Nov. 28.

After contact with hostage negotiators, Blood gave himself up just before officers were about to enter the residence, according to police.

Blood was taken into custody without incident, and there were no injuries.

In addition to alleging Blood battered her on multiple occasions, the woman also told police that Blood had “previously forced her to have sex with him, had used weapons to both threaten and injure her and had severely injured animals,” police said.

Furthermore, police said the woman told them that Blood had destroyed several of her cellphones, installed spyware software on her cell phone, photographed and sent her pictures of herself at various locations around town and was repeatedly under the influence of heroin and methamphetamine.

Blood is currently incarcerated in the Bannock County Jail. He was arraigned on the kidnapping and stalking charges on Dec. 3 via video conference with a 6th District Judge David Hooste from the jail.

Blood’s Bond on the kidnapping and stalking charges was set at $100,000 and the aggregate bond for the three domestic battery charges was set at $75,000.

Blood has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 17.

If convicted of the charges against him, Blood faces up to life in prison and up to $90,000 in fines.

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