A witness reportedly saw Averette dragging her and alerted the La Marque Police Department, and officers quickly responded to the scene. According to the District Attorney’s Office, upon their arrival, officers found Averette hiding in the floorboard and discovered the victim in the trunk.
The female victim reportedly suffered multiple fractures and lost several teeth, but she survived the attack, the District Attorney’s Office says.
According to KPRC-TV, during his arrest, Averette resisted and assaulted one of the officers. Averette reportedly pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury in a family violence relationship, and assault of a public servant. On Feb. 18, the District Attorney’s Office announced his sentence of 20 years in prison.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Averette was a transient registered sex offender who had been previously sentenced to prison for assault family violence strangulation and sexual assault of a child.