New details have emerged in the mysterious case of an apparent domestic violence victim who was seen on surveillance footage frantically ringing doorbells in a Texas neighborhood while wearing broken restraints on her wrists. Speaking to police on Thursday, the woman said that her boyfriend, 49-year-old Dennis Ray Collins, had tied her up and sexually assaulted her before she managed to free herself and ring the doorbells of two neighbors in a desperate attempt at finding help. When her neighbors didn’t immediately respond, she said she returned to the house to gather her things and then fled to Dallas, Texas, to be with her family.
Adding to the tragic and bizarre nature of the case was the testimony of Collins’ ex-wife, who helped police identify the woman in the video as her ex-husband’s girlfriend on Wednesday. Speaking to police, the woman said that she was planning to check on him after he sent her disturbing text messages that made her think he planned on harming himself. When police arrived at the house, Collins had already committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest. In his suicide note, he admitted responsibility for abusing his girlfriend and wrote that he knew that the surveillance video of her attempt at finding help had drawn national attention.
According to Lieutenant Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, police are in touch with the victim as they look into allegations of sexual assault, kidnapping and unlawful restraint.
“She’s very distraught about this, she’s embarrassed, she’s upset, she’s in shock that it’s come to this,” said Spencer of the victim. “We’re giving her time and we’re staying in communication with her to get further details.”
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