A woman escaped from a Crawford home and drove herself to a local hospital after she was taken against her will and severely beaten early Sunday morning, an arrest affidavit states.

Crawford police were called to a local hospital at about 8 a.m. Sunday after a woman came to the hospital with serious injuries. The woman told medical personnel a man she has been in a relationship with, Gabriel Dwain Hall, 40, of Crawford, had beaten her at his Crawford home, according to the affidavit. She reported she was able to escape after Hall fell asleep.

She said Hall called her at 11 p.m. Saturday and told her he had been attacked and needed help, according to the affidavit. She drove to meet him outside Golden Corral in Waco, and when she got there, Hall grabbed her by the throat and hair and started hitting her, the affidavit states.

"As the victim was struck multiple times in the face with a closed fist, Hall put a pocket knife to the back of the victim's neck," the affidavit states. "On the inside of Hall's vehicle, the victim was struck multiple times in the face with a closed first again. Hall, again, placed his hand around the victim's neck, choking her."

Hall told the woman he was going to kill her and continued to attack her as he drove toward Crawford and slashed the woman's neck with the pocket knife once they got to his home, the affidavit states. He continued to attack the woman until about 5 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the affidavit.

Once Hall fell asleep, she took the keys to a car and drove herself to a Waco hospital, where police were called, the affidavit states.

The woman suffered significant injuries, including knife wounds, a swollen eye and a broken eye socket.

Crawford police arrested Hall on Sunday morning at his home on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Crawford Police Chief Clay Bruton said.

Hall remained in McLennan County Jail on Monday with bond listed at $100,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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