Police arrested two Ellis County residents after they allegedly handcuffed, shackled and chained a woman to a bed in their residence and forced her to work for almost two weeks.
Red Oak resident Jean-Claude Demars, 51, and Ovilla resident Charlotte Kelly Demars, 48, were arrested Friday by Ovilla Police and have been charged with kidnapping.
“Officers of the Ovilla Police Department were contacted concerning a woman possibly being held against her will in a house in Ovilla,” Ovilla Police Chief Brian Windham said. “Officers responded to the 900 block of Red Oak Creek Road and contacted a female victim that stated she had been drugged, kidnapped and held against her will.”
Jean-Claude and Charlotte were arrested by police at the residence without incident and booked into the Red Oak jail on Friday.
“She (the victim) was able to reach out to some other individuals electronically who then notified us,” Windham stated. “She is not from Ellis County, but she is from the Metroplex.”
Windham added that she was able to contact other people through a messaging app. It is believed that victim was held at the residence for a period ranging from 10 days to two weeks.
Officers provided medical treatment for the victim. The investigation into the kidnapping and human trafficking offense are ongoing. Members of the Texas Rangers are providing assistance to the Ovilla Police Department during the investigation.
“We are still investigating,” Windham explained, “We have a lot of leads to follow up on and a lot of information that has to be verified from both the victim and the suspect.”
According to online records from the Wayne McCollum Detention Center, Jean-Claude was booked into the jail at 3:02 a.m. and Charlotte was booked into the jail at 3:25 a.m. on Sunday. They both remain in custody at the detention center, each with $150,000 bond.