A 33-year-old Abilene man remains in Taylor County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond on charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault (family violence).
Justin Bryan Bell is accused of sexually assaulting and holding his girlfriend against her will.
Here’s the Abilene Police Department’s news release on what led to Bell’s arrest:
On Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at approximately 1:45 p.m., Officers with the Abilene Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 3100 block of Button Willow Avenue. The disturbance was called in by a male subject later identified as Justin B. Bell (DOB: 02/18/80). Mr. Bell alleged a domestic assault had occurred with his girlfriend. Moments later another 911 call related to the disturbance was made by an involved female who sounded extremely distraught. Patrol Division officers recalled important information that had been disseminated to them approximately one hour earlier concerning an open 911 call received by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. Officers keyed-in on the fact that the 911 call was related to these subjects. The recorded information revealed from this call would later provide important insight to this investigation. Officers contacted both involved parties and realized there was much more going on beyond the alleged domestic assault. Patrol Division officers played a critical role in the initial stages of this investigation. Detectives with Criminal Investigation Division’s Special Victims and Fraud Units were summoned to assist. Detectives learned about allegations of a sexual assault at a hotel in the 1600 block of West Stamford Street. Results of the preliminary investigation revealed the following:
Mr. Bell and his girlfriend, the victim, were involved in a verbal argument earlier that day at the hotel which escalated into a sexual assault. The assault was interrupted by hotel staff that had overheard the disturbance. The victim was able to escape from the room where Mr. Bell held her against her will. The victim sought refuge in her vehicle and locked herself inside. However, Mr. Bell located the keys to the vehicle and abducted the victim. Mr. Bell drove the victim to a rural area in the south part of Taylor County. The victim had the frame of mind to surreptitiously dial 911 during this abduction. The call connected to the Taylor County Sheriff’s office as an open line. The recorded call depicted an altercation between these two parties. Mr. Bell stopped the vehicle at one point which allowed the victim the opportunity to flee on foot. Mr. Bell pursued the victim and restrained her again and forcibly took her back to the vehicle. Mr. Bell attempted to bargain with the victim while driving her back to his residence in the 3100 block of Button Willow Avenue where the disturbance was reported.
Mr. Bell was interviewed at the Law Enforcement Center and was subsequently arrested and taken to Taylor County Jail where he remains in lieu of $100,000 bond. He was charged with two offenses: Aggravated Kidnapping and Sexual Assault (Family Violence).
This complex investigation took many hours to investigate and was greatly aided by the information sharing that originated from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. This investigation is ongoing under case # 13-9696.