Kidnapping suspect arrested after victim manages to escape his home, Brazoria County officials say

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Saturday, August 12, 2023
Brazoria County kidnapping suspect Patrick Kent Baugh accused of taking woman to his home after allegedly offering a ride
Brazoria County officials said the man offered the woman a ride but took her to his home instead. She escaped, and he was later arrested.

BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A kidnapping suspect has been arrested and charged after his victim managed to escape from his home near Alvin, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office.

Patrick Kent Baugh, 56, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual abuse in a case that spanned two counties and roused residents out of sleep late Thursday night.

"She was hollering help, help, help," neighbor Stephen Owens told ABC13. "She banged on the front door and my niece looked out the window and said, 'there's a naked lady out there.'"

Owens said he gave the woman a bed sheet to cover up and called 911. She told him she escaped from the home two doors down and from Baugh.

"She said he sexually assaulted her. I know it's pitiful. It's flat out pitiful," Owens said in disgust.

According to the sheriff's office, the ordeal started in La Marque near the Gulf Freeway and FM 1765 in Galveston County. Investigators said Baugh bought the victim an alcoholic energy drink at a convenience store and offered to give her a ride to her hotel.

Instead, the victim told investigators he drove past her hotel, locked the car doors and when she attempted to escape, he beat her up. He then drove her the 20 miles to his Alvin-area home on Williams Lane where he sexually assaulted her, deputies said.

"At one point, during the assault, he carried her into the bathroom and was going to wash her, as she said," explained Sgt. Clint Lobpries with the BCSO Criminal Investigations Division. "At one point, during that, he turned his back and she was able to run out the door."

Baugh was being sought for some time Friday, with officials sharing a photo of him and the vehicle he was last seen driving in a Facebook post.

"Do not try to approach, suspect is considered armed and dangerous. He has a history of violence and sexual misconduct," the post read.

In an afternoon update, Lobpries said Baugh had been arrested when he returned home. Relatives who live on the street turned him in, he added.

Baugh has a lengthy criminal history in Brazoria County, which ABC13 has learned also includes a previous sexual assault arrest. Additionally, Lobpries said he is a possible suspect in another sexual assault.

"Any other women that see him. If they feel they are a victim of his, obviously contact us," Lobpries said.

Baugh's bond is set at $500,000.

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