A Wheelock teen remains in the Robertson County Jail on several counts in connection to a May incident in which he allegedly beat and strangled a pregnant woman and held her hostage.

According to Franklin police, around 4:30 p.m. May 31, an officer responded to a home where the resident’s pregnant granddaughter had arrived seeking refuge. The woman said she had just been assaulted and kidnapped by Devyn Shane Holmes, 19, whom she knew, in a home in the 500 block of East Railroad Street. Police noted she was covered in bruises.

The woman said on May 30 that Holmes had beaten her, and the next day, when she said she was leaving, he said he was going to kill himself. As he walked toward the kitchen, she tried to stop him and he grabbed her throat, authorities said.

He released her and punched several holes in the wall before repeatedly beating and choking her, a report notes. She broke free, but he then locked every door. She eventually escaped and ran through a pasture to her family member’s home. The woman also told police Holmes had broken the home’s phone when she tried to call 9-1-1. While police were interviewing the victim, her family members began receiving text messages from someone using her phone. The woman said Holmes had recently stolen her phone.

Authorities also said Holmes had stolen a car belonging to a member of the victim’s family. The car was later found abandoned.

Bryan police officers located Holmes in Bryan on June 1 and arrested him on two warrants out of Bexar County.

He is charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison; robbery, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison; assault family violence by strangulation and continuous violence against the family, both third-degree felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison; unauthorized use of a vehicle, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail; and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and interference with an emergency call. He is also being held on two warrants out of Bexar County on charges of failure to register as a sex offender, and two misdemeanor charges out of Brazos County on driver’s license-related charges.

He is being held on $285,000 bond.

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This young fellow is a bad seed; too young for such big trouble. He is young enough hopefully to turn his life around one day.

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