Man charged with kidnapping

Staff Writer 

William Thomas Edwards, Jr.

William Thomas Edwards, Jr.

A man is behind bars for allegedly kidnapping and raping a local woman.

On May 16, South Padre Island police officer Manuel Ochoa responded to a call to a convenience store on the 2900 block of Padre Boulevard, where a woman with bodily injuries alleged that a William Thomas Edwards, Jr. – a man whose place of residency has yet to be determined – held her captive for two days while raping and assaulting her.

According to the police report the woman was hobbling due to back pain from injuries she says she suffered at Edwards’ hands.

The woman displayed severe bruising to the right side of her face. The woman alleged that 6 foot, 1 inch-tall Edwards inflicted the injuries on her when Edwards held her captive at her residence starting on Tuesday, May 14.

The woman alleged that during the two-day period Edwards beat her, held a gun to her head and made her fear for her life while he continuously assaulted her. After speaking to the woman, officers made their way to her residence and arrested Edwards. He faces charges that include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and aggravated sexual assault. Edwards was transported to the city jail before being transfer to county jail.

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