Houston assault suspect in hospital after chase, crash
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.