Waco: Two Charged After Several Held Against Their Will At Local Motel

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A man and a woman have been charged in an incident in which at least three people were held against their will in a room at a Waco motel.

Victoria Ann Rodriguez (left), Ed James Simmons (Jail photos)

WACO (March 25, 2013)-A Waco man and woman were charged after police were sent to a local motel in response to a report that several people were held in a room against their will.

Victoria Ann Rodriguez, 25, was ordered held on bonds totaling $17,000, charged with three counts of unlawful restraint and one count of interfering with an emergency call.

Ed James Simmons, 29, posted $27,000 bond and was released Saturday after he was charged with three counts of unlawful restraint, one count of interfering with an emergency call and one count of aggravated assault.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said officers were sent at about 7:30 p.m. Friday to the motel at 1715 Washington Ave. where three people reported they were held in a room against their will.

Swanton said at around 5:30 p.m. Friday, a woman was preparing to move her belongings out of the room when she was confronted by a man and a woman who claimed she owed them money.

The man and woman ushered the victim back inside the motel room and forced her and three others to stay inside the room while the continuing to demand money.

Swanton said eventually the woman was able to get out of the room and notify police.

When officers arrived they were able to free the three remaining victims.

Swanton said police recovered two handguns from the scene.

He said no one was seriously hurt.


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