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Texas Woman Held Captive, Tortured For Days By Man She Met On Dating App

Spring, TX – A 21-year-old man has been arrested on multiple charges after he allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman he met on an online dating platform and held her captive for days without food or water.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said in a press release on Tuesday that the investigation into the incident began on Dec. 29, when constables received a report that a 22-year-old woman had been severely assaulted at an apartment complex located in the 24200-block of Kuykendahl Road.

According to court documents, the victim said she began chatting with 21-year-old Zachary Mills on the Bumble dating app and that they agreed to meet up on Dec. 24, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Investigators said the woman told them Mills picked her up and took her back to his apartment in Spring.

But when they entered his apartment, he immediately began trying to have sex with her, the victim said.

Court documents alleged Mills began biting her neck and face and beating her when she refused to have sex with him, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The victims said she repeatedly tried to escape the apartment over the next five days, but that Mills was always able to stop her, according to police.

She said he sexually assaulted her multiple times during her captivity, and that he refused to give her any food or water during that time, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

According to charging documents, Mills would bludgeon the victim with the handle of a screwdriver when his “hands got tired from hitting her,” leaving her with “serious bodily injury.”

The woman was finally able to escape on Dec. 29, after Mills left the residence to go visit his father, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

She grabbed up her clothes and ran out the door and was able to get help from a neighbor, according to investigators.

The woman suffered “severe bruising to both eyes, bite marks and cuts to both her throat and nose, and severe bruising to (the) majority of her body,” court documents read, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“The victim in this case had severe injuries to her face, orbital sockets, lower extremities,” Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Captain Jonathan Zitzmann told KHOU. “Thankfully, we were able to get her to the hospital very quickly.”

Constable deputies executed a search warrant at Mills’ apartment on Dec. 30 and arrested him on a first-degree aggravated kidnapping charge, Constable Herman said in the press release.

Additional charges are expected.

Mills has since posted his $50,000 bond and was released onto house arrest, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

His attorney, Chris Denuna, told KHOU he thinks the victim is lying.

“These are egregious allegations, but I have not seen anything in the allegations that make them credible,” Denuna told the news outlet.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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