Ryan Bane is seen in his mugshot after he was arrested in 2011 for attacking his ex-wife
The ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ boat captain at the center of the mystery surrounding missing Sarm Heslop attacked his ex-wife because she kept asking him for directions as she drove home from a wedding, police documents obtained by Daily Mail.com reveal.
Ryan Bane, now 44, served 21 days in jail for attacking his then-wife Corie Stevenson at the house they shared in Orion Township, Michigan, in 2011.
Bane has now stopped cooperating with police investigating former flight attendant Heslop’s disappearance on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands on the advice of his lawyer.
He previously said Heslop, who he had been dating for eight months, disappeared from his 47ft. catamaran Siren Song more than two weeks ago.
In the Michigan complaint, Stevenson said Bane got angry with her because he wanted to sleep as she made the hour-long early-morning drive home from Canton.
The report, written by Oakland County Sheriff’s Officer Brandon Groleau, states that Stevenson had complained that her husband had ‘continually got frustrated with her asking directions while he was trying to sleep.’
Corie Stevenson, married to fellow American Mr Bane, 44, for six years, came forward to say her ex ‘went to jail for kicking my a**’
Sarm Heslop, 41, a former air hostess for Flybe airline, vanished in the dead of night from Ryan Bane’s 47ft catamaran Siren Song in the US Virgin Islands two weeks ago
The booking card is seen for Bane. He was taken in by the Oakland County Sheriffs office
‘She says that Ryan would eventually become so irritated and angry that he began kicking at the dashboard, radio and gearshift of the vehicle and at her legs.
‘Corie stated that she punched at Ryan’s legs to try to get him to stop.’
When they finally arrived home a little after 5am on November 27, 2011, Stevenson said Bane dragged her out of their truck.
Cori said Bane was pleasant in public but abusive behind closed doors – once beating her so badly she chipped a tooth
‘Corie states that…Ryan grabbed her in the dining room, threw her to the ground, and smashed her head into the floor, chipping one of her teeth.’
But Bane had a different version of the altercation, saying they had arrived home shortly after 3 am. He told Sheriff’s Officer Vincent Lichok that Stevenson had tried to drag him out of the truck and threw things at him in the house. He said he went to bed.
‘A short time later, Corie was on top of him, hitting him. He grabbed her and took her out into the hallway, went back into the bedroom and shut the door and locked it,’ Lichok wrote.
But the cops said the evidence suggested Stevenson’s version was correct.
‘The interior of the truck was messy and there were marks on the dashboard consistent with Corie’s claims,’ Groleau wrote. The ground outside of the truck’s passenger side was covered with items from inside the truck, consistent with Corie’s claims of being dragged out of the truck.
‘Corie’s front right tooth had a chip out of it that appeared to be fresh,’ the officer continued. ‘Her right ear lobe was bloody and scratched. Her right shoulder and the right side of her neck showed red scratches. Her right eyelid was scratched and red.’
Groleau said that when the cops brought Ryan downstairs ‘Corie became noticeably frightened and ran from the area into the laundry room.’
Stevenson told the cops that Bane had attacked her about six months earlier so badly that she had to skip work for several days due to the marks on her face. She said she did not report that incident.
Police papers obtained by Daily Mail.com reveal Bane attacked his ex-wife because she kept asking him for directions as she drove home from a wedding
Stevenson, now 43 and living in Melbourne, Florida, with her fiancé Ralph Carpenter, claims she lived in constant fear of Bane during their five-year marriage.
‘He must have beat her up 100 times while they were together,’ Carpenter told DailyMail.com.
She also said in an interview that she was so frightened of him that she slept with a shotgun at her side during their 2013 divorce.
‘Ryan’s personality changed once we got married,’ Stevenson told The Sun.
‘He suddenly became a different person and that started on our honeymoon in Spain. We went to Madrid, Valencia, all over. But he was a total Jekyll and Hyde character.
She said of the attack for which Bane was arrested: ‘I saw the devil behind his eyes and it scared me. It was a totally different person who was there. It was petrifying.’
In her divorce filing, Stevenson specifically asked the judge to prevent Bane selling their property or canceling their life insurance because she believed that’s what he would do immediately on learning she had filed.
She said the marriage had broken down to such an extent that ‘objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.’
Stevenson (pictured with her new fiance Ralph Carpenter) said she slept with a shotgun the entire time she was divorcing Bane
Stevenson told the cops that Bane had attacked her about six months earlier so badly that she had to skip work for several days due to the marks on her face. She said she did not report that incident
A copy of the couple’s ex parte restraining order is pictured, issued during their 2013 divorce
Heslop, 41, from Southampton, England, met Bane on Tinder eight months ago. She disappeared from Siren Song, which was moored 120ft from Frank Bay on the extreme western end of St. John on March 8.
Bane said he had been awoken around 2 am by the anchor alarm that rings if the vessel is straying from its mooring.
He said the couple had eaten dinner in a restaurant, leaving at 10pm in line with the local Covid curfew and took their dinghy back to the $500,000 catamaran, which he charters for up to $13,250 for six days, according to the website VISailing.
They went to sleep, Bane says, and when he woke, Heslop had gone.
Bane called the Coast Guard reporting that ‘his girlfriend may have fallen’ from the yacht.
Heslop, 41, from Southampton, England, met Bane on Tinder eight months ago. She disappeared from Siren Song, which was moored 120ft from Frank Bay on the extreme western end of St. John on March 8. The couple are pictured together
Cops and the Coast Guard have been scouring land and sea, but they have been prevented from stepping foot on Siren Song by Bane who is not cooperating in the inquiry. He has handed over her passport, cellphone and iPad to authorities.
Virgin Islands Police Department spokesman Toby Derima said officers had performed an ‘initial land search’, adding: ‘Soon after reporting Ms Heslop missing, Mr. Bane acquired the services of an attorney.
‘Upon his attorney’s advice, Mr. Bane exercised his constitutional right to remain silent and denied officers’ requests to search the vessel.
‘We would need to get a warrant to search the boat,’ Derima added. ‘We would need to show the court that we had probable cause to search the boat, as this is not yet a criminal case. We thought we could just ask Mr. Bane to search the boat and he would say yes and he didn’t.
‘That is his right. Getting the search warrant would be the next step.’