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By Rampart Stonebridge, updated on August 20, 2023

Man arrested after allegedly chaining a woman to the floor and chopping off her hair with machete

A woman was saved from a harrowing ordeal after being chained and threatened by an acquaintance in Louisville.

Joanna Wilson's ordeal began in a seemingly ordinary home off Dixie Highway. But what transpired inside the house was anything but ordinary.

The incident, as the details have emerged, has shocked the community and serves as a stark reminder of the hidden dangers that can lurk even in familiar settings.

Inside the house of horrors

According to Yahoo News, every exit of the house had been deliberately blocked. Wilson stated:

"The Fire Department couldn't even knock down the doors, that's how bad it was screwed, every window was bolted, every exit, there is no exit in the house."

She recounted a chilling tale where she claimed that Moises May, her former partner and the father of her child, made her strip, placed a chain around her neck, and warned her of impending death upon his return.

The origins of the dispute

The nightmare began with a disagreement between Wilson and May. As the argument escalated, May reportedly restrained Wilson, slapped her, and used a machete to shear off her hair.

She recalled that he allegedly threatened to kill her if she left and didn't return, Fox News reported.

Were it not for vigilant neighbors, who sensed something amiss and promptly dialed 911, Wilson believes she might not have survived.

The response of authorities

Upon receiving the distress call, the Louisville Metro Police Department acted swiftly. Firefighters, realizing the gravity of the situation, used a ladder to access the second floor. Bolt cutters became necessary tools in their mission to free Wilson from her chains. The police later arrested Moises May, a 36-year-old man, in connection with the crime.

A spokesperson from the Louisville Metro Police Department provided further details:

"He has been transported to our Domestic Violence Unit where he will be interviewed and then to LMDC for processing"

May now faces charges that include kidnapping, two counts of assault, terroristic threatening, intimidating a participant in the legal process, wanton endangerment, and harassment.

Community response and its implications

This shocking incident has stirred numerous reactions across Louisville and beyond. For many, it underscores the importance of community vigilance and being aware of the signs of potential danger. Without the neighbors' quick thinking and the timely intervention of the authorities, Wilson's fate might have been much graver.

As word spreads, the community has rallied in support of Joanna Wilson, commending her resilience and courage in the face of such terror. There's also been a renewed push for awareness campaigns about domestic violence and the importance of early intervention.

Lessons to learn from this tragedy


1. Always trust your instincts:
If something feels amiss in your surroundings, take action, whether it's calling the authorities or informing someone you trust.
2. Establish a safety plan:
Especially if you feel threatened in any relationship, have an escape route and a person you can trust to turn to.
3. Educate yourself about the signs of domestic abuse:
Recognizing the signs can empower you to help yourself or someone else.

While the details of this incident are deeply unsettling, the story serves as a testament to the human spirit's resilience and the importance of community solidarity.

As Joanna Wilson rebuilds her life, her story stands as a beacon for awareness, action, and the collective responsibility we all share to ensure our communities are safe for everyone.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

I'm Rampart Stonebridge, a curious and passionate writer who can't get enough of true crime. As a criminal investigative journalist, I put on my detective hat, delving deep into each case to reveal the hidden truths. My mission? To share engaging stories and shed light on the complexities of our mysterious world, all while satisfying your curiosity about the intriguing realm of true crime.

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