A Sulphur Springs man was jailed Monday afternoon for allegedly abducting his former girlfriend from a Sulphur Springs hotel early Sunday morning and raping her.
Joshua Wayne Parrish, 31, remain in the county jail Tuesday morning in lieu of $150,000 bond on the aggravated sexual assault charge. Police also had obtained a kidnapping warrant and were in the process of serving him with it late Tuesday morning, according to sheriff’s reports.
Authorities first became involved in the case around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when someone reported a disturbance at an East Industrial Drive hotel. Parrish, the alleged victim and another man were reported to have been involved in the disturbance. It concluded with the woman being taken from the hotel against her will by Parrish, according to police reports. Officers attempted to located the suspect vehicle, but were unsuccessful.
About 7 hours later, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a call of a possible sexual assault at a location south of Sulphur Springs. The woman had reportedly escaped her captor, who she alleged sexually assaulted her on a county road south of town, after he either passed out or went to sleep, according to reports.
“She explained that either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, she was taken from the hotel against her will. The actor was said to be an ex-boyfriend who had been gone for a period of time and came back,” said Toney Hurley, chief investigator for Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s investigators obtained a warrant for Parrish’s arrest for aggravated sexual assault and began attempting to locate the man, contacting members of his family Sunday. Through a family member, officers got Parrish to report to the sheriff’s office to be interviewed. He was arrested for kidnapping after talking to investigators.
Police investigators obtained a warrant against Parrish for kidnapping late Tuesday morning and were in the process of serving him with it at 10 a.m.
Sheriff’s investigators are currently seeking two other individuals, who could have additional information about the case.
“We think there are two different people who may have helped this individual, possibly on County Road 1178, south of Sulphur Springs. He said he ran out of gas and an older gentleman helped him. His battery was dead, presumably from trying to crank it, and another person gave him a boost. We’d like these people to come forward and help us. We just want to talk to them. They may have some information that could be important to this case,” Hurley said.
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