TYLER, Texas (KETK) -Domestic violence doesn’t subject itself only to certain circumstances.
“No, you don’t just get abducted or mugged at a bar or a dark alley at midnight said, Shane Jasper with the Tyler Police Department.
And a strange occurrence would leave a Lufkin man behind bars after he was accused of kidnapping a woman, sexually assaulting her, locking her in the trunk, and then leading officers on a chase through a wooded area.
According to police, they received a call at 1:30 a.m. Saturday October 5th of a woman who had been sexually assaulted.
The woman said her neighbor, now identified as Zataymon Skinner, 30, of Lufkin, approached her after getting off her fast-food job around 12:30 a.m.
She says Skinner told her “Get in or I’ll kill you,” so she got into the driver’s seat. She drove for several blocks until he took over as the driver.
He allegedly drove to a dead-end road, forced her out of the car, raped her, and put her inside the trunk. While he was driving, the woman did manage to open the trunk using the emergency lever and start to run off.
“She pulled over as he instructed allowing him to get into the driver’s seat,” said Jessica Pebsworth, Lufkin PD Media Specialist. “He then took her to a dead end street and assaulted her.”
She says when Skinner noticed, he stopped and chased after her, but after some time, gave up and drove away. The woman then called the police.
Around 11 a.m. Saturday, Lufkin Police responded to a disturbance on Holland Street in which a man named “Mon” had run away. Recognizing that “Mon” was possibly the rape suspect, officers made it a priority to locate him.
“We knew that there was a possibility it was connected and we searched for the suspect, found him, our officers chased him through a field for several minutes,” said Pebsworth.
With the help of neighbors in the Lufkin Land community, officers maintained a visual on the fleeing man and took him into custody for evading arrest.
Skinner was found to have a parole violation as well as a Smith County warrant for theft.
After the victim identified Skinner as the suspect, detectives filed warrants for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
What are some steps to take?
1. Know the signs. Domestic violence can happen to anyone—white, black, young, old, rich, poor, educated, not educated. Sometimes violence begins early on in a relationship and other times it takes months or even years to appear. But there generally are some warning signs. Be wary of the following red flags an abuser may exhibit at any point in a relationship:
- Being jealous of your friends or time spent away from your partner
- Discouraging you from spending time away from your partner
- Embarrassing or shaming you
- Controlling all financial decisions
- Making you feel guilty for all the problems in the relationship
- Preventing you from working
- Intentionally damaging your property
- Threatening violence against you, your pets or someone you love to gain compliance
- Pressuring you to have sex when you don’t want to
- Intimidating you physically, especially with weapons
2. Don’t ignore it. Police officers hear the same thing from witnesses again and again—I heard/saw/perceived domestic violence but didn’t want to get involved. If you hear your neighbors engaged in a violent situation, call the police. It could save a life.
3. Lend an ear. If someone ever confides in you they are experiencing domestic violence, listen without judgment. Believe what they are telling you and ask how you can help, or see this list of 25 ways to help a survivor.
4. Be available. If someone you know is thinking about leaving or is in fear the violence will escalate, be ready to help. Keep your phone with you and the ringer on, make sure you have gas in your car and discuss an escape plan or meeting place ahead of time
5. Know the number to a nearby shelter. You never know who might need refuge in a hurry. Keep numbers to shelters (find local shelter numbers here) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline in your phone (800-799-7233).
6. Check in regularly. If a loved one or friend is in danger, reach out regularly to ensure his or her safety.
7. Be a resource. Someone experiencing violence may not be able to research shelters, escape plans or set up necessities like bank accounts and cell phones while living with his or her abuser. Offer to do the legwork to help ease stress and keep things confidential. Here’s a list of items a survivor may need to take with them.
8. Write it down. Document every incident you witness and include the date, time, location, injuries and circumstances. This information could be very useful in later police reports and court cases, both criminal and civil.
9. Get the word out. Assist a local shelter or domestic violence organization in their efforts to raise awareness in your community. Or use your personal connections to start a grassroots campaign. Organize talks at your workplace wellness fair, HOA meetings and church groups.
10. Put your money where your mouth is. Use your power as a consumer and refuse to support the culture perpetuated in music, movies, television, games and the media that glorifies violence, particularly against women.