Authorities on Tuesday said they need help from the public to track down a Bryan man accused of restraining and torturing his girlfriend.
Edward Sylvester Hodges III, 48, is wanted for aggravated kidnapping, and an arrest warrant has, been issued for a parole violation, authorities said. It was unclear what the violation was, but he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon in 1981 and is a registered sex offender, according to Department of Public Safety records.
Police were called Sunday afternoon to the emergency room at St. Joseph Regional Health Center, where they met his 38-year-old girlfriend. She told officers she was severely beaten early that morning after she refused to go to the store for him, police said.
Hodges forced the woman to his bedroom, tied her to the bed and beat her with his hands, a belt and a wire hanger, according to police. He then attempted to sexually assault her, but she fought him off, according to the woman's statement.
She told police Hodges fell asleep at around 5:30 a.m. after about five hours of abuse, authorities said. The woman was able to untie her hands with her toes and escape, police said.
Authorities have been unable to find Hodges, who was seen in Bryan this week by an officer. He fled but is believed to still be in the area, police said.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Bryan Police Department at 209-5301. Hodges, who is black, is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 230 pounds.
Police think he may be armed because of the violent nature of the crime and past convictions, so they're asking for anyone who comes in contact with him to phone police rather than confronting the man.
• Kristy Gillentine's e-mail address is kristy.gillentine@ theeagle.com.