A passing motorist called 9-1-1 at approximately 4:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 17, after spotting a white female near the edge of the roadway at the 7100 block of Bessie Heights Road in Orangefield who appeared to have been assaulted. The caller also reported that it appeared the female’s hands and feet were tied together with rope.
Deputies located the woman, described to be in her early 20’s, and discovered her hands were tied behind her back, her feet were tied together, her mouth was duct taped, and she was also blind folded.
The woman was reported to be conscious and alert with the only injuries described as minor abrasions, according to a press release.
The female told deputies that on Sunday evening, Feb. 16, she had gone along with several friends to a house in the Orangefield-area, where there were several subjects she did not know. A disagreement started between her and several of those subjects and they tied her up and placed duct tape over her mouth. After a while, they placed her in a vehicle blind folded and drove her to Bessie Heights Road where they left her on the side of the roadway.
The investigation into the kidnapping is ongoing and the suspects are still being identified.
The investigators believe this is an isolated case among those who were at the house where this incident occurred, and the community should not be alarmed.
The investigation is ongoing. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Press release from the Orange County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday:
Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office have been busy interviewing the individuals who were at the house where this incident occurred. Investigators can now release that the residence location is 3392 Woodcock Street in Orangefield. It has been determined that the case is drug related. As stated previously, while this case may seem “bizarre” and unusual to the general public, Investigators stand firm that this is a drug related incident and strictly confined to the circumstances that took place at that residence, which eventually led to the victim being dropped off on Bessie Heights Road. During this investigation, some of the facts surrounding the case, including the victim’s identity, are being withheld at this time to preserve the integrity of the case. Investigators will continue diligently to gather all the evidence to determine what charges, if any, are brought against any persons.
More information will be released as it becomes available.