Kidnapping victim escapes attacker

July 13, 2009 1:58:43 PM PDT
On Sunday, a 66-year-old woman from the Baytown area was found after being kidnapped and beaten in the Magnolia, Texas area.Early Sunday morning, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a residence on Baltic Avenue in the Magnolia area. When deputies arrived they found that a 66-year-old woman had freed herself from being bound with tape and walked to a nearby home for help. The resident at the home told deputies that he was awaken around 4:45am by a knock on his front door and found the victim. The homeowner immediately called 911 for help.

During the investigation, Montgomery County Major Crimes investigators learned that the victim had met the suspect at a restaurant in South Montgomery County on Saturday around 1pm to discuss the remodeling of a home. After lunch the victim rode with the suspect to his home on Baltic Ave. to see color samples and fixtures.

The victim told investigators that once inside the home the suspect grabbed her from behind, choking her to unconsciousness. When the victim awoke she found that she was in a shed and was bound with tape and wrapped in a tarpaulin. The victim was able to free herself and make her way to a neighbor's home for help. The victim was seriously injured with bruising about her head, neck, arms, legs, and shoulders. The victim was taken to Herman Hospital in downtown Houston for treatment.

Investigators worked throughout the day and night, searching for evidence, conducting interviews, obtaining an arrest warrant and locating and arresting the suspect.

Kevin Maurice Bigelow, 47, was arrested without incident with help of the US Marshalls Office and the Montgomery County SWAT Team inside an apartment at the Woodwind Forest Apartments on Budde Road in South Montgomery County. Bigelow has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and injury to the elderly. He is being held without bond. The investigation is continuing and other arrests are not anticipated.

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