Nicholas Charles Mason

Nicholas Charles Mason

A Lafayette man was arrested after allegedly kidnapping and assaulting his girlfriend in an attempt to obtain pain pills from her.

Nicholas Charles Mason, 29, faces multiple charges following the incident, which took place on May 9.

According to the arrest report, the victim told Lafayette Police Department patrolman Elliot Sandifer that she had escaped after being held hostage for between 45 minutes and an hour.

The victim also stated she had just filled a prescription for pain pills to treat a broken hand and had been arguing with Mason because he wanted some of the pills.

Mason allegedly struck the victim in the side of the head after she refused, at which point she gave him three pills in an attempt to make him leave.

The report states that Mason returned a few minutes later in an attempt to retrieve the rest of the pills.

During the encounter, he allegedly continued striking the victim, pinned her to the ground, held her mouth closed to prevent screaming and strangled her.

Sandifer observed red marks on the victim’s neck consistent with strangulation, and red marks on her face suggested that she was grabbed.

According to the report, Mason told the victim he was holding her until he received the pills, and he took her cell phone away to prevent her from calling for help.

Mason was charged with domestic violence, interference with an emergency call and custodial interference.

His bond was set at $75,000, and his court date was slated for Wednesday, May 22.