Lufkin police: Woman escapes from trunk after kidnapping, assault

Woman escapes from trunk after kidnapping, assault

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A woman managed to escape from a car trunk after a man allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted her early Saturday morning, according to the Lufkin Police Department.

LPD officers took the suspect into custody after a foot chase later that day.

“We are so thankful this woman escaped with her life and that we were able to get Skinner in custody before he victimized anyone else,” said Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Police Department.”

Zataymon Timon Skinner, 30, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping charge, a first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault charge, a state-jail felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge, a felony parole violation, a Class A misdemeanor evading arrest charge, and a Class B misdemeanor theft between $100 and $750 charge.

Skinner’s collective bond amount has been set at $154,000.

According to a press release from the Lufkin Police Department, they received a report of a woman who had just been sexually assaulted at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. She told police that the suspect also stole the vehicle she had been driving, which belonged to a family member.

LPD officers responded to the 400 block of Robin Street, where the woman escaped from the man she knew only as “Mon,” the press release stated.

The woman told police that she was leaving her job at a fast-food restaurant around 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning when she saw “Mon” standing near her car.

“He told her, ‘Get in, or I’ll kill you,’ so she got into the driver’s seat,” the press release stated. “She drove several blocks until he took over as the driver.”

The man, who was later identified as Skinner, then took the victim to the Lufkin Land area and ordered her to get in the back seat of the car after he stopped at a dead-end in the 2100 block of Wood Avenue, the press release stated. The woman tried to escape, but Skinner allegedly overpowered her.

At that point, the man forced her out of the car, sexually assaulted her, and put her in the trunk, according to the press release.

“As he drove away, she managed to open the trunk and escape,” the press release stated. “When Skinner noticed, he stopped the vehicle and chased after her for a short time but then got back in the vehicle and drove away. The woman contacted us after seeking help at a nearby home.”

Around 11 a.m. Saturday, Lufkin PD officers responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of Holland Street and found that “Mon” had fled the scene.

“Recognizing that ‘Mon’ was possibly the rape suspect, officers made it a priority to locate him,” the press release stated. “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.”

One officer’s bodycam captured the foot chase through a wooded area. When the chase ended, the LPD officer raises his Taser and says, “Give it up, bro!”

A Lufkin police officer's body-cam captured the moment that he took a kidnapping and sexual assault suspect into custody. (Source: Lufkin Police Department)
A Lufkin police officer's body-cam captured the moment that he took a kidnapping and sexual assault suspect into custody. (Source: Lufkin Police Department) (Source: Lufkin Police Department)

When the Lufkin Police Department officers ran Skinner’s license, they found that he had a parole violation and a theft warrant out of Smith County, the press release stated.

LPD detectives filed warrants for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after the victim identified him as the suspect.

“We would like to take a moment to remind everyone - if you ever find yourself in a situation like this one, FIGHT,” the press release stated. “Do everything in your power to prevent from being taken because your odds of survival decrease significantly at that point.”

According to the press release, the Lufkin Police Department still hasn’t located the stolen vehicle, a red 2006 Ford Fusion. The car has the handicapped license plate DVU2L4. Anyone who locates the car is asked to call the Lufkin Police Department at (936) 633-0356.

Skinner has multiple previous arrests, according to Angelina County judicial records. He has previously been arrested for aggravated robbery, criminal mischief between $1,500 and $30,000, burglary of a building, assault causing bodily injury - family violence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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