Man charged with kidnapping and repeated assault on woman | KWKT

Richard Vernard Phillips.

Waco, Tx (FOX 44) – A 47-year-old man was being held in the McLennan County Jail on Wednesday on multiple charges. He is accused of holding his girlfriend against her will for at least three days and assaulting her on multiple occasions.

Richard Vernard Phillips was charged with kidnapping and assault with strangulation; there were previous convictions in this case.

An affidavit states the Waco Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit took over the case Saturday after a woman received a text message from a friend informing her of an assault. The woman called police and showed them a picture that had been sent to her in which injuries and blood could be seen on her face. Officers received several calls from family members and friends who said the victim may have been held against his will and said the victim was screaming loudly at them.

The affidavit states that the Waco PD SWAT team and Special Victims Division responded to the home in the 2400 block of Washington Avenue on Tuesday. After repeated attempts to call the victim and suspect, armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Thomas West of the 19th District Court to search for the victim, force was used to enter the home.

The affidavit states that investigators were able to speak with the victim after the SWAT team broke down the door. The victim reported being attacked at least three times between Saturday and Tuesday, being repeatedly punched, kicked and strangled three times.

The affidavit states she had injuries to her face, neck, arms, stomach and legs. The victim said she was held in a bedroom of the apartment and attacked every time she tried to leave the room.

The affidavit states that every time officers came to her apartment to check on her, she was prevented from calling for police by having her hand covered over her mouth and being threatened with death.

The affidavit also stated that a check of the suspect’s criminal history revealed that he had previously been arrested and convicted of domestic violence in Harris County.

Phillips remained incarcerated in the McLennan County Jail on Wednesday. He is being held on two felony charges and bail has not yet been set.