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Kansas Man Accused of Kidnapping, Beating Woman He Met on Tinder

A 30-year-old Kansas man on Thursday was being held on five felony charges accusing him of beating up a University of Kansas student whom he met on Tinder and holding her hostage for six days.

Shane Steven Allen, of Lawrence, remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail on $100,000 pending a hearing June 24 on one count of kidnapping and four counts of aggravated battery, according to jail records and the county district attorney's office.

IMAGE: Steven Shane Allen
Steven Shane Allen, 30, was being held on $100,000 bail in Lawrence, Kansas. Douglas County Sheriff's Office

If he's convicted of all five charges, Allen could face as long as 32 years in prison.

According to the charges, Allen — whom court records list as weighing 265 pounds — kidnapped the 20-year-old woman on April 12 after they met through the online dating site.

During the night of April 12, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Lawrence Journal-World, Allen accused the woman of flirting with one of his friends and punched her in the right eye, knocked her to the ground and continued to beat her.

According to the affidavit, "Allen stated she could not go home until the swelling around her eyes reduced."

The next day, police said, Allen choked the woman until she passed out.

At another time, Allen threatened to kill himself and put a knife to his throat before pointing it at her, police said in the affidavit obtained by the newspaper.

Allen finally returned the woman to her sorority on April 18 with injuries to her face, neck, chest, back and legs, according to police.