February 4, 2017

Islamorada woman in custody for kidnapping

An Islamorada woman was arrested today for kidnapping her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. During the attack, she threatened the woman with a knife, gagging her and tying a rope around her neck.

The incident took place January 27th. 51 year old Laura Bauler entered the victim’s residence on Parker Drive without permission. The victim was in bed at 11:45 p.m. when Bauler forced her out of bed at knifepoint. Bauler then tied a kitchen towel over her mouth and tied a rope around her neck, all the time threatening to kill her with the knife she was holding.

Bauler drove the victim to the Key Lantern Motel, where she was staying. She forced her into a closet, then later into a bathtub. Once in the bathtub Bauler ordered the victim to take off her clothes.

Once the victim was nude, Bauler forced her to go outside. The victim, once outside, began to run away and scream for help. Bauler caught up with her, tackling her to the ground. They were fighting on the ground when a couple who lived next door intervened. They pulled Bauler off of the victim and took the victim into their residence. Bauler fled the scene.

When Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene at 1:22 a.m., the victim explained that she is now living with Bauler’s ex-boyfriend and she believe that is why the attack took place.


A warrant was issued for Bauler’s arrest. She was booked into jail today on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, kidnapping and burglary. Bond is set at $145,000.00.

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