Houston, TX – Police have charged three people with abducting a woman, beating her and then setting her on fire.
According to court documents, 25-year-old Garrick “Joker” Hastings told a friend that he had killed a prostitute who had stole $6,000 from him. He claimed he had her kidnapped and taken to an abandoned trailer where he beat her with a metal rod, tied her up and then set her on fire.
Unfortunately, it turns out he wasn’t lying. However, he wasn’t entirely correct. Surprisingly, the woman somehow survived the attack, even though she suffered burns to 80 percent of her body, and had identified her attackers to police.
According to the victim’s aunt, her niece lived with her boyfriend and Hastings, an alleged drug dealer and gang member. She says that shortly after hearing her niece arguing with Hastings about drugs and money, the victim was abducted from a motel and taken to a trailer. She was reportedly held there by 37-year-old Anita Pena until Hastings showed up.
When Hastings arrived he, along with 37-year-old Thomas Martin, tied her up and beat her with an iron bar before setting her on fire and leaving her for dead. A nearby resident called police after finding the woman when she somehow managed her way out of the trailer, now engulfed in flames, and make it to his front porch. She was naked, bleeding from the head and suffering from severe burns.
Before being rushed to the hospital, she was able to give police her name and date of birth, as well as the identification of the people responsible for her current condition. She was treated for lacerations and a broken hand before being placed in a medically induced coma so her burns could be taken care of.
Garrick Hastings and Thomas Martin were arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Pena was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping.
These charges will undoubtedly change if the victim dies from her injuries. Which is a very likely possibility and an option she is probably going to be praying for at some point during her recovery.
“The fact that she’s still alive at this point is pretty amazing,” said Jason Brown, an investigator with the Sheriff’s Office. “If she does survive she has an extremely long road ahead of her in terms of recovery, probably something she will have to deal with for the rest of her life.”
Hastings and Martin reportedly have extensive criminal history, Hastings recently serving time for aggravated robbery. Both the victim and Pena have past charges for prostitution.Tags: Attempted Murder, Beating, Burning, Drugs, Garrick Hastings, Joker, Texas