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One very brave woman, her attacker arrested

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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 5:06 pm

Leslie Garrett, letter carrier with the Liberty Post Office, would have been in the photo for the USPS Food Drive but, unfortunately, she was brutally attacked Friday evening in her home.

The Vindicator does not usually publish a victim’s name or photo, but in Garrett’s case, she came to us, and telling her story was a step in her healing process. She wanted to reclaim her life and her peace.

Kyle Antoine, 27, of Dayton, has been arrested for Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit Sexual Assault, a first-degree felony. An arrest warrant was signed by Judge Alan D. Conner and bond was set at $100,000. The suspect is now in Liberty County Jail.

The victim picked him out of a lineup.

Maximum sentence for this charge can be up to 99 years in the penitentiary, according to Sgt. O’Quinn of the Dayton Police Department.

Garrett, a Dayton grandmother, was brutally attacked in her home Friday night at approximately 10:20 p.m. and the attack lasted an hour. Garrett had left her door unlocked to let her dog out as she prepared packages for her fellow USPS letter carriers for the food drive that she has organized for many years. She fell asleep on her bed and felt something brush by that awoke her.

She saw the man standing over her and started screaming at him.

In her own words, “I just started yelling at him ‘Get out of my house. Get out. Get out.’

She fought her attacker with all her might and injured more than one of his body parts, which may have protected her from being raped.

“I bit his hand a couple times. I didn’t draw blood, but I know I did bite his hand.

“He covered me with my blanket. He was trying to choke me and smother me.

The only thing I could ever hear him distinctly say was ‘Just pass out. It will make it easier.’

“I told him ‘I won’t pass out. I’m not making anything easier for you.’ I just looked at my pictures of my kids and my grandkids on the wall.’

When the crime occurred, two cars were in the driveway, lights were on and the television was on and the suspect still came in.

After the police arrived the victim was transported to Hermann Hospital Friday night.

She told her story to find healing and to reclaim her life. She knew she had done nothing wrong and was not about to be intimidated by her attacker.

 

 

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RESOURCES FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS IN SOUTH LIBERTY COUNTY

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Family Time Crisis & Counseling Center

Dayton Branch 207 E. Houston, TX 77575

Call 936-257-9744

Conroe Crisis Hotline

281-446-2615

 

Houston Area Women’s Center

Sexual Assault Hotline

713-528-7273

 

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