NEWARK, N.J. -

A man accused of holding a woman captive inside a Bethlehem home for weeks will soon be heading back to Pennsylvania.

A judge in Essex Co., N.J., approved extradition for Steven Kitchell on Thursday. He was arrested there late last month.

Kitchell, police said, held a woman inside a home on Montclair Avenue in Bethlehem from late May until mid-June.

The woman said she was beaten and raped and shot with a BB gun, according to court documents.

The woman was able to escape when Kitchell left the home, police said.