A local resident was arrested by a Stephenville police officer early Saturday morning after entering a residence and allegedly attempting to sexually assault a woman who was alone in her home.
Capt. Jason King with the Stephenville Police Department said thanks to the quick response by a local police officer and a victim who fought to ward off her attacker, the assault did not occur.
Randall Taylor Jones, 43, was arrested at a trailer park in the 2700 block of W. Washington and charged with burglary of a habitation with attempt to commit rape and resisting arrest. According to King, Officer Jason Schipper was dispatched to a sexual assault in progress at 1:20 a.m. Saturday. The victim, identified as a female in her 20s, made the call for help.
King said as Schipper arrived at the residence, the attempted rape was in progress.
“The officer witnessed a male and female in the floor of the trailer home fighting,” King said. “Schipper grabbed Jones and removed him from the home.”
King said Jones made several attempts to escape and led the officer on a foot chase before hiding behind another home in the trailer park. Once Schipper had Jones in his sight, he again attempted to escape. In a last ditch effort to restrain Jones, Schipper tased the suspect and took him into custody.
King said the victim reported that her alleged attacker had burst through the door of her residence and announced his intentions. He was there to sexually assault her.
But the woman refused to fall victim to the assault, and she fought hard to ward off her attacker. King said the woman struck Jones with a metal object and also bit the attacker.
“She was able to hold off the attack until the officer arrived,” King said.
Jones remains behind the bars of the Erath County Jail and is being held on a combined bond of $21,000 for the local charges.
In addition, Jones, who is currently on parole, was issued a blue warrant for potentially violating the terms and conditions of his release from prison. The alleged attacker has a list of prior convictions including several charges of driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief and driving while license invalid. Bond was denied on the blue warrant.
The attempted rape charge is a first-degree felony and carries a sentence of five to 99 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. Resisting arrest is a Class A Misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $4,000.