Police aren’t releasing many of the details surrounding the alleged kidnapping of the owner of a local hotel and assault of a Stephenville woman late last week.
Christopher Bryan Morin, 22, was arrested Friday night after forcing the owner of the Days Inn, Sundeyp Singh, into his truck at gunpoint early that morning.
Morin allegedly went to the Days Inn about 2 a.m. Friday and told the clerk he wanted to speak to the owner, Stephenville Police Chief Roy Halsell said.
When Singh went outside to meet Morin, he found the suspect sitting in his pickup “twirling a gun on his finger,” Halsell said.
“Morin threatened him (Singh) and told him to get in the pickup,” Halsell said.
Morin then drove to his own mother’s house with Singh where he assaulted and threatened her, at one point even tying her up, police said.
The suspect’s mother, Gloria Beaty, manages the Days Inn.
Detectives got a tip that Morin was near Gilbert Intermediate School Friday night and was arrested.
Authorities said they do not know what prompted the incident or if drugs were involved. One witness told police he thought Morin was “drunk.”
The Morin-Beaty family issued a statement Monday saying they stand behind Christopher and are trying to get him the help he needs.
“He is a really good person who made a bad choice,” his sister, Jenny Morin, said. “He is in a really bad place right now and we want to help him.”
Singh refused to press kidnapping charges against Morin who was charged with aggravated assault. He remains incarcerated in the Erath County Jail with a $100,000 bond.
Sara Vanden Berge covers courts, law enforcement, and business and political issues for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her work number is 968-2379, ext. 240.