The British woman’s boyfriend who was last seen aboard his luxury catamaran in the U.S. Virgin Islands was arrested for domestic violence 10 years ago after he assaulted his ex-wife and broke her tooth, according to reports. .
Sarm Heslop, 41, of Southampton, was last seen on the night of March 7 aboard the 47-foot Siren Song, which was moored in Frank Bay, St. John, authorities said.
Her 44-year-old American boyfriend, Ryan Bane, has reportedly advocated and refuses to allow the police to search his ship.
It was reported that he alerted the US Coast Guard about 10 hours after he first noticed the disappearance of the former flight attendant, whom he had met on Tinder.
Bane was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in 2011, while he was married to Corie Stevenson, according to The Sun, which said it obtained a police report from that time.
He was arrested at his home and spent 21 days behind bars after he threw his wife to the ground and hit her head against her, breaking her tooth, the news outlet reported.
“Ryan’s personality changed once we got married. It was a beautiful wedding in 2008, but it was like I had flipped a switch, “Stevenson told The Sun.
She reported him to police after the 2011 incident, which occurred as they were returning from a wedding to her home on Lake Orion near Detroit, according to The Sun.
Bane, who had been drinking, became “abusive” to her on the drive home, according to the police report seen by The Sun.
“Ryan grabbed (Corie) and dragged her out of the truck,” she told the police officer who wrote the report, which adds: “Ryan grabbed her in the dining room, threw her to the ground and hit her head on the ground “. chipping one of his teeth.
“She says she fought Ryan out of it. She claims that Ryan has become increasingly verbally abusive towards her, and that he has been physically abusive once before, ”the report says.
“She claims that this incident occurred about 6 months ago, that the incident was not reported and that it made her miss work for several days with marks on her face.
“When Ryan was taken downstairs, (Corie) was noticeably scared and ran from the area to the laundry room,” she added.
Bane was booked into the Oakland County Jail in Michigan after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
“I was absolutely terrified as it happened. I saw the devil behind his eyes and it scared me. It was a totally different person who was there. It was petrifying, ”Stevenson told The Sun.
“I was already terrified when he pulled me out of the truck. But during the assault my fear reached a completely different level. “
In addition to the chipped tooth, he was left with a bloody earlobe, as well as scratches on his shoulder and neck, according to the police report.
“My face was all red and my tooth was broken. A couple of days later, my face was black and blue and I had finger marks around my neck, ”Stevenson said.
Bane pleaded guilty and served 21 days in jail. He also spent another 31 days behind bars for a probation violation in 2013, according to court documents cited by The Sun.
Stevenson, who now lives in Melbourne, Florida, said it allowed him to return home after a separation, but the couple divorced in 2014.
The Virgin Islands Police Department said the search for the missing woman is continuing.
Bane’s attorney, David Cattie, has said his client immediately called 911 when he realized his girlfriend was missing.