Sexual Assault Victim Escapes Trunk of Car, LPD Arrest Suspect
According to a release from the Lufkin Police Department, at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Lufkin Police received a report of a woman who had just been sexually assaulted. She said the suspect also stole the vehicle she was driving which belonged to a family member.
Officers responded to the 400 block of Robin Street, where the woman ran after escaping the man she knew only as “Mon.”
Through the course of investigation, police identified “Mon” as 30-year-old Zataymon Skinner, of Lufkin. She said she only knew “Mon” for a brief period when he was her neighbor.
The woman was leaving her job at a fast food restaurant around 12:30 a.m. when she noticed “Mon” standing at her car. He told her “Get in or I’ll kill you,” so she got in to the driver’s seat. She drove for several blocks until he took over as the driver.
Skinner then took her to the Lufkin Land area, and ordered her in to the back seat after stopping at a dead end in the 2100 block of Wood Avenue. She attempted to escape, but he overpowered her. That is when he forced her out of the car, raped her and then placed her inside the trunk. As he drove away, she managed to open the trunk and escape. 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 Lufkin Police after seeking help at a nearby home.
Around 11 a.m. Saturday, LPD responded to a disturbance at 402 Holland Street in which a man named “Mon” had fled on foot. Recognizing that “Mon” was possibly the rape suspect, officers made it a priority to locate him. With the help of neighbors in the Lufkin Land community, officers maintained a visual on the fleeing man and took him in to custody for evading arrest. (video of chase and arrest above)
Skinner was found to have a parole violation as well as a Smith County warrant for theft. After the victim identified Skinner as the suspect, detectives filed warrants for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Lufkin Police would like to take a moment to remind everyone - if you ever find yourself in a situation like this one, FIGHT. Do everything in your power to prevent from being taken because your odds of survival decrease significantly at that point.
Additionally, the stolen vehicle has yet to be located. It is a red, 2006 Ford Fusion with handicap license plate DVU2L4. Anyone who locates the vehicle is asked to call the Department at 936-633-0356.