DELTONA, Fla. -- A Deltona man and his girlfriend have been arrested on suspicion of tying up a teen and leaving him on a couch for hours as a form of punishment for running away, deputies said.
According to Volusia County sheriff's deputies, the boy ran away and was reported missing Wednesday night. He was found later in the night by a deputy who returned him to the man, deputies said.
Jonathan Viera, 35, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Terrell, 25, then bound the boy by tying his wrists together behind his back, deputies said. They also tied his ankles together and left him on a couch for hours, deputies said.
Another teen boy in the house cut the zip ties off at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, five hours after he was tied up, deputies said.
Deputies interviewed Viera and Terrell, who said they tied the teen up to prevent him from running away again, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Gee... I wonder why he wanted to run away in the first place..