Texas man spurned, kidnaps and assaults woman for 13 days in "horrendous" case, say cops

Jeffrey Allan Maxwell
Navarro County Jail
Texas man charged in 'horrendous' kidnapping, assault of former neighbor
Jeffrey Allan Maxwell
Navarro County Jail

(CBS/AP/KTVT) CORSICANA, Texas - Jeffrey Allan Maxwell, the former neighbor and rejected suitor of a Texas woman, has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault after authorities say he abducted the 62-year-old woman at gunpoint, and then beat her at his home for 13 days.

"This is a horrendous case," Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a press release, according to CBS affiliate KTVT. "We are... glad she is getting the treatment necessary to overcome a horrific ordeal."

Maxwell, 58, was arrested Saturday in Navarro County, more than 100 miles from Parker County where the woman was abducted, according to authorities.

Parker County officials, along with the Texas Rangers, began investigating the woman's disappearance March 3 when her house reportedly burned to the ground and she was nowhere to be found.

According to investigators, the woman had been taken from her home at gunpoint, shackled, and repeatedly assaulted, reports KTVT. Officials took the woman to a hospital where she was treated and released. She is currently in protective custody.

Authorities say the woman ran out of Maxwell's house screaming when she was rescued Saturday after a tip led police to the suspect's Corsicana home. Fowler says he doesn't know how much longer the woman could have made it.

Maxwell is being held in Navarro County Jail, but is expected to be transferred to Parker County, where the investigation continues and further charges are pending.