A Spring, Texas man is now facing charges after allegedly kidnapping, torturing, and sexually assaulting a woman he met on a dating app, as reported by ABC 13.
On December 29th, police responded to a report of a woman who was severely abused by a man. When officials arrived, they discovered a woman with severe bruising to the majority of her body, bite marks, and cuts to both her throat and nose. The victim then told Harris County deputies that she had initially met Zachary Mills on Bumble, and agreed to meet with him in person at his apartment on December 24th. When she refused to have sex with him, the 21-year-old began punching, slapping, and biting her before forcing himself on her. For the next five days, he held her captive, denying her both food and water. When Mills finally left his apartment to visit his father, the victim was able to escape and search for help.
On Friday, December 30th, Mills was located and arrested. He has since then been released from jail on a $50,000 bond and has been placed on house arrest. He is scheduled to reappear in court in March. Though the suspect currently has only been charged with a first-degree felony of aggravated kidnapping, more charges are to be expected.
According to a Bumble representative, Mill has been banned from the dating app indefinitely. The company continues to remind its users to use safe practices when meeting a stranger: meeting in a public place, telling someone you trust where you’re going, and researching the person you’re meeting as much as possible.