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Woman escapes from kidnapper after being held in locked bedroom in south Bexar County, BCSO says

“She wasn’t fed for several days,” Salazar says.

SAN ANTONIO — A person is in custody after a kidnapped lady escaped from a residence situated on the southwest facet of Bexar County, in accordance with Bexar County Sherriff Javier Salazar. 

BCSO and SWAT responded to the 11200 block of Briggs Road Saturday morning after receiving details about a girl being taken in opposition to her will. 

The man in custody is 46-year-old Jason Steele, in accordance with Salazar.

Authorities say the girl instructed them she was a migrant farm employee and was doing work at a farm in Pearsall, TX. She was in a relationship with Steele however ended the connection after which labored at one other property in Pearsall, Salazar says. 

Steele went to the farm kidnapping her by forcing her into an 18-wheeler, drove to Tempe, Arizona and bought her out of the car the place he was going to desert her in accordance with Salazar. She then was capable of power her approach again into the 18-wheeler and persuade him to convey her again to Texas.

Salazar says as soon as Steele introduced her again she was held in opposition to her will in a locked bedroom, crushed, threatened with a weapon and skilled an tried sexual assault. She was unsuccessful in attempting to free herself after a battle in the house the place Steele was minimize, Salazar says. 

“She wasn’t fed for several days,” Salazar says.

After Steele and different individuals in the house had been utilizing medicine she was capable of escape and get assist, Salazar says.

Jason Steele already has a warrant for aggravated assault with a lethal weapon and is charged with aggravated kidnapping and home violence. 

Salazar says 4 individuals together with Steele had been discovered on the residence. 

“At this point we do have some indication that at the very least these other three people knew that this lady was being held against her will, they were checking on her throughout the time.”

SWAT was known as out after the residents inside the placement closed the door and refused to adjust to calls for, officers say. The SWAT crew used tear fuel, however the suspect nonetheless refused to exit the residence. SWAT breached the entrance door after which the suspects surrendered, in accordance with Salazar.

BCSO was conducting a search warrant on the residence Saturday afternoon.

When requested concerning the situation of the girl who escaped Salazar mentioned, “she’s okay, she’s hungry, she hasn’t eaten for days, she was beaten over the course of the couple of days, she’s certainly terrorized, but she’s safe and sound now.”

Authorities say the placement is similar place the place officers busted a human smuggling case in February.

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