Charges have been filed against two men arrested Wednesday in a bizarre Webster case involving allegations of sexual assault, kidnapping and threatened murder.
Charles Allen Jacobson III, 33, of Texas City, is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, according to online law enforcement records.
James Ellis Barnett, 56, of Houston, is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of burglary with intent to commit another felony, records state.
Both men were in the Harris County Jail on Friday on no bail, with appearances set for Monday in the 209th State District Court.
Their arrests stemmed from an incident that started about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when two men broke into a house in the 18400 block of Anne Drive while a woman was at home with her teenage son and daughter.
Change of heart
Whether the suspects knew the family has not been determined, Webster police detective Sgt. James Lovel said.
During the home invasion, Jacobson allegedly assaulted the mother and daughter, police said.
The attackers tied up all three residents and, at about 8 a.m., drove them to a field in Alvin, where they were to be killed, according to a police department news release.
On the way they stopped to buy two cans of beer.
Once they got to the secluded field, Jacobson gave Barnett his gun and allegedly told him to shoot the hostages, according to the police statement.
But Barnett refused, and since he was then in possession of the weapon, Jacobson had no choice but to cooperate with him, the release said.
Turned the tables
The men next drove to another store and bought beer for themselves and soft drinks for the family. At that point, they returned the hostages to their home to help dispose of any evidence left there, the release said.
The teenage boy somehow freed himself, got the family's handgun and confronted the intruders, who then fled.
About 11:10 a.m., the family called police, who arrived in less than a minute, the release said. With the help of neighbors, officers chased Jacobson several blocks and found him hiding in some tall grass.
Barnett, meanwhile, left in Jacobson's maroon Chevy Silverado, picked up a friend and went to Dickinson to buy more beer, the release said.
A Dickinson police officer saw the vehicle, whose description had been broadcast, and detained the two occupants. Barnett's friend was not arrested because police determined he was not involved in the crime.