Man accused of handcuffing wife in car to keep her from cheating

Posted at 9:10 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 09:10:52-05

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man shackled his wife inside his vehicle numerous times while he went to work because he was concerned she was cheating on him.

John VanHorn is charged with false imprisonment.

Bethlehem police found the woman Wednesday when they responded to reports of a woman handcuffed inside a parked vehicle who needed help. The officers found a metal device locked to her ankle and secured to the underside of the front passenger seat.

VanHorn was soon spotted driving by in a borrowed vehicle. Authorities say the 49-year-old Albrightsville man had the keys to his wife's shackles and two realistic looking BB guns.

The woman told police she had been shackled "numerous times" inside VanHorn's vehicle over the past six months.

It wasn't known Tuesday if VanHorn has retained an attorney.