College Student Kidnapped, Beaten, Choked by Tinder Date

Petr Svab
5/13/2016
Updated:
10/5/2018

A Lawrence, Kansas, college student was kidnapped and repeatedly beaten and strangled by a man she met through the Tinder dating app.

The abuser was Shane Steven Allen, 30, of Lawrence, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Douglas County District Court and obtained by the Lawrence Journal-World.

The couple met through the app and went on one date, and “everything was OK,” the affidavit states.

But things went wrong when Allen picked up the student at her sorority house on April 12 for a second date.

Allen took the 20-year-old, who was not identified, to his trailer home and invited two male friends over. The woman smoked marijuana with one of the friends.

After the friends left, Allen accused her of flirting with one of the friends and that she’s like his ex-girlfriend.

He then punched her in the eye, knocked her to the ground, and beat her.

She tried to leave, but Allen forced her to stay until her face healed.

He wouldn’t release her for the next six days and repeatedly kicked her and strangled her, at least one time until she fainted.

At one point Allen threatened to kill himself, putting a knife on his neck. He also pointed the knife at her.

Finally, when she reassured him she wouldn’t talk to police, he took her back to her sorority house, on April 18.

She was then taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with two black eyes and multiple bruises, scrapes, and swellings.

Allen is facing felony charges of kidnapping and four felony charges of battery.

Petr Svab is a reporter covering New York. Previously, he covered national topics including politics, economy, education, and law enforcement.
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