HCSO: Suspects kidnapped woman, set her on fire

HCSO: Suspects kidnapped woman, set her on fire

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Anita Pena, left, and Garrick Hastings

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by Michelle Homer

khou.com

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 13 at 4:49 PM

HOUSTON – Three people have been arrested and charged with kidnapping a Houston woman and setting her on fire.

The victim was abducted from an east Harris County motel on March 31, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.

She was taken to a vacant home in east Harris County where she was bound, beaten and set on fire. The suspects left her for dead.

The woman survived and managed to get to a house next door to get help. She was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital with severe burns over 80 percent of her body. She was put into a medical-induced coma while doctors treated the burns, severe head lacerations and broken bones.

Garrick Hastings, 25, and Thomas Martin, 37 were arrested this week and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Anita Pena, 37, is charged with aggravated kidnapping in the case.

According to court documents, the woman and her boyfriend lived with Hastings, who’s known by the name "Joker."

A relative said the victim owed "Joker" money for drugs and investigators believe that was the motive for the attack.

Hastings had recently served time in prison for robbery.

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