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      Woman escapes after enduring two days of gunpoint beatings, rape

      William Thomas Edwards // Cameron County Jail Photo

      She was found bruised, beaten and hobbling at a South Padre Island gas station but now she TMs safe.

      South Padre Island police said a woman escaped from a man who held her at gunpoint, beat her and raped her over two days TM time.

      Suspect William Thomas Edwards remains behind bars on multiple criminal charges.

      The investigation all started when the woman escaped from an apartment off East Pike Street where she was allegedly held against her will.

      Held At Gunpoint

      Action 4 News does not identify victims of sexual abuse but police records reveal that the woman knew Edwards.

      The woman told police that Edwards held against her will starting back on Tuesday, May 14th.

      According to a police report, Edwards held a gun to the back of the beaten woman TMs head and continuously assaulted her over two days TM time.

      The woman told police the she feared for her life throughout the ordeal.


      The woman managed to escape and ran to a Stripes convenience store off the 2900 block of Padre Boulevard around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

      Police were called to the gas station where they found the woman hobbling and with severe bruising to her right eye and face.

      The woman lead police back to the apartment where officers arrested Edwards.

      Officers charged Edwards with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.

      A South Padre Island municipal court judge also issued a restraining order against Edwards to keep him away from the woman if he posts bonds.

      Edwards remains in custody at the Cameron County Jail under $60,000 in bonds.