Court records from Comal County paint a disturbing picture of a case where a woman was allegedly kidnapped and tortured.
The Comal County Sheriff’s Office is not commenting on the case because it’s an ongoing investigation, but some neighbors told KENS 5 it’s a frightening situation that has left them on edge.
According to court documents, the crime happened at a home in the 300 block of Oakridge in Canyon Lake.
Amy Lux said her parents live on that street and had no idea why authorities were investigating a home on that street Dec. 9.
“Saw the police had the road barricaded and blocked off. We had to go another direction,” Lux said. “I called my mom that day to make sure she triple-locked her doors and she stayed safe, and I live in the neighborhood too, so I could be here in minutes.”
Court documents state that three women invited a 39-year-old woman over to a home on Oakridge in Canyon Lake to discuss an issue involving one of their boyfriends.
Detectives said once inside the home, the three women “hit her, used a Taser on her and stabbed her multiple times.”
The court documents state that the women then placed the victim on her stomach and “bound her hands and feet and gagged her with a tennis ball.”
The victim told authorities that two men she knew were also at the home and moved her from a bedroom and locked her in a shed located at the back of the home.
The victim told authorities that although she was still cuffed at the ankles, she was able to escape through a window and go to a neighbor’s vehicle. Once inside the vehicle, the victim claims she honked the horn until someone came to help.
Authorities arrived, and inside the shed deputies found “bed sheets, handcuffs, leg irons, a dog chain, electrical tape and a tennis ball, all of which appeared to be blood-stained.”
Deputies arrested 66-year-old Michael Edward Chapin, 33-year-old Heather Lauren Richards, 28-year-old Trace Rogers Smith, 26-year-old Sheena Nicole Hopkins and 17-year-old Kayla Lardieri. All of them are facing charges of aggravated kidnapping.
“I can’t believe something like this happened out here, that people are like that and would sit back and let somebody hurt someone that way,” Lux said.
“It’s just weird that it happened so close, right down the street, seven houses away or so,” said neighbor Tom Melee.