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Paris Woman Reports Being Held Against Her Will


PARIS, TX -- Police say a woman reported being held against her will inside her apartment, and neighbors say it is not the first time police have been called to the same apartment building.

Neighbors say they watched as a police officer tried to get the woman to come out of her apartment, and she did eventually walk out. The landlords say they were worried, and police say she told them she was in trouble.

"A female advised that she did not have much recollection for the past two or three days, and seems to think that maybe she was given some drugs or something, and feels like she was being held against her will," says Paris police officer Curtis Garrett.

Neighbors on 23rd Street NW watched as an officer tried in vain to make contact with the 43-year-old woman on Wednesday afternoon around 5:30 p.m.

"An officer knocking on the door and knocking on the window, and he took his flashlight and he shined it in the window," says neighbor James Anderson.

"Finally she came to the window and she wouldn't open the door but they got her outside to just talk to her," says Jackie Babb, who is doing work on the apartments.

The owners of the complex say they are here most days of the week, but they had not seen the woman in the past few days, so they decided to call the police to check up on the resident.

"She advised the police that someone had removed the locking mechanism from the inside of the door and she feels like she was not able to leave," says Garrett.

"There were two men that lived with her, they've moved out and they didn't know, she was acting strange, she wouldn't come to the door, and they was worried if someone was in there, about her safety," says Anderson.

Anderson says he just moved here after lightning burned his house on Sherman Street and he is not too worried about what he saw, but one woman says she is considering moving.

"This is the most I've ever seen the police over there, over there every day, and I have children and I don't want my children around any negativity," says neighbor Whitnee Lewis.

"It doesn't bother me as much as it would a couple years ago," says neighbor Patricia Ann Smith. "I'm used to it."

Garrett says the charge for holding someone against their will is kidnapping, but so far no one has been arrested. He says someone the woman knew may have been involved, and the case is under investigation.