Hous­ton as­sault sus­pect in hos­pi­tal af­ter chase, crash

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

HOUS­TON — A man sus­pected of kid­nap­ping two women from a Hous­ton fast food res­tau­rant and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing them in a four-hour or­deal early Mon­day is in a hos­pi­tal af­ter he crashed their ve­hi­cle dur­ing a po­lice chase, the Har­ris County sher­iff’s depart­ment said.

The women, who are in their mid-20s, were at the driv­ethrough at 2:30 a.m. when the sus­pect jumped into their Mus­tang con­vert­ible and held them at gun­point, Har­ris County sher­iff’s depart­ment spokes­woman Christina Garza said.

The sus­pect, whose name was not im­me­di­ately re­leased by au­thor­i­ties, forced the women to drive around for sev­eral hours, dur­ing which time he sex­u­ally as­saulted them, Garza said.

He also forced them to drive to the apart­ment of one of the women to try to get money from her. When the sus­pect couldn’t find any money, they left and headed to the other woman’s apart­ment, Garza said.

But one of the women in­stead tricked the sus­pect into go­ing to an apart­ment com­plex in North­west Hous­ton where her brother lived, Garza said.

There, she was able to call her brother on a cell phone and tell him what was hap­pen­ing, Garza said.

“The brother is a con­cealed weapons per­mit holder,” she said. The brother con­fronted the sus­pect, al­low­ing the sec­ond vic­tim to es­cape. Garza said the brother fired at the sus­pect but didn’t hit him, and the sus­pect took off in the vic­tims’ car.

The sus­pect led Har­ris County sher­iff’s depart­ment deputies on a high speed chase that ended when he crashed the ve­hi­cle into parked cars at a body shop in north­east Hous­ton.

The sus­pect, who was re­ported to be in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, will be charged with evad­ing ar­rest but could face ad­di­tional charges, Garza said.

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