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Investigators: Man made woman read Bible at gunpoint

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CHINA GROVE, NC (AP) -- Investigators in Rowan County say a man held a double-barreled shotgun to a woman's head and made her read her favorite scripture.

The Salisbury Post reports that the Rowan County Sheriff's Office said 20-year-old Jonathan Alan Morton was taken into custody when deputies arrived at his home shortly after midnight Sunday.

Investigators said Morton held 19-year-old Elizabeth Nichols against her will inside his bedroom, pressing a shotgun to her head and, at one point, a screwdriver against her throat. A report said Morton stood behind Nichols and held the gun to her head as she read.

Nichols escaped and called 911. Morton was arrested as he walked in a ditch near his home.

Morton was jailed under a $35,500 bond. His attorney wasn't immediately available for comment Tuesday.

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