NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested a 24-year-old woman Sunday in connection to allegations that she helped two men hold a woman against her will at an apartment on Pearl Street.
Later, one of the men sexually assaulted the victim, according to the arrest affidavit.
Monica Ann Howard, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping charge and a second-degree felony compelling prostitution charge. Collectively, her bond amount has been set at $75,000.
Howard was arrested on warrants that were obtained by a Nacogdoches Police Department detective.
The other two suspects in the case are also still being held at the Nacogdoches County Jail.
Dylan Ledale Madkins, 42, Nacogdoches, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping charge, a second-degree felony compelling to prostitution charge, and a second-degree felony sexual assault charge.
Madkins' collective bond amount was set at $150,000.
Donald Chris Handlin Jr., 36, of Nacogdoches, is also still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping charge, a Class A misdemeanor failure to appear charge, a Class C misdemeanor driving with license invalid charge, and a Class C misdemeanor no insurance charge.
No bond amounts have been set for Handlin's charges, according to the Nacogdoches County jail website.
According to the arrest affidavit, the victim made an outcry at the Nacogdoches Police Department on July 20.
The victim told police that on July 18, she was accused of taking drugs and money from Madkins, "a local narcotics dealer," the affidavit stated. Howard, an acquaintance, then allegedly came to the victim and offered to help her with the dispute by taking her to see Madkins.
After the victim was taken to Madkins' apartment in the 2800 block of Pearl Street, the door was locked behind her once she was inside, the affidavit stated. Madkins and Handlin were allegedly inside the residence.
"[The victim] knows Mr. Handlin as being the person who collects debts for Mr. Madkins," the affidavit stated.
Madkins and Howard told the victim told her that she couldn't leave until she paid what she owed Madkins, the affidavit stated. Howard also allegedly hit the victim, causing a visible black eye.
The victim told police that she was threatened with death if she didn't cooperate and produce the money that was owed, the affidavit stated. She added that she feared for her life the entire time she was at the apartment.
At that point, Madkins allegedly sexually assaulted the victim in two different rooms of the apartment.
According to the affidavit, the victim told police that Madkins and Howard tried to force her to prostitute herself for money. The woman allegedly solicited people to come to the apartment to have sex with the victim for money.
Then in the early morning hours of July 20, the victim was taken to the Walmart Supercenter located at 4810 North Street, where she was told to steal merchandise to pay back what she owed to Madkins, the affidavit stated.
The victim went to an employee and asked for help. Nacogdoches police officers arrived on the scene a short time later, the affidavit stated.
Later in the day on July 20, the Nacogdoches PD detective interviewed Howard, the affidavit stated. She allegedly told the detective that she took the victim to Madkins' apartment with the understanding that the victim would work out her debt to Madkins.
According to the affidavit, Howard allowed the NPD detective to collect forensic evidence from her phone that included conversations where she was soliciting people to have sex with the victim for money.
Howard also told the detective that the victim was held against her will, the affidavit stated.