Suspect in Kidnapping, Rape Case Arrested in Marengo County
The West Alabama man accused of forcing a 19-year-old woman into his trunk and sexually assaulting her has been arrested in his native Marengo County and brought back to Tuscaloosa to be charged.
According to court records filed Tuesday, 23-year-old Terrance Jeneel Westbrook, picked up the victim on Old Birmingham Highway in Tuscaloosa last week and began driving around with her.
The two began arguing about their relationship when things escalated and Westbrook allegedly began hitting her with his fists and objects in his car before pulling her out of the vehicle and forcing her into the trunk.
He also allegedly threatened to kill her and burn down her parents' house if she tried to run.
The court records say Westbrook drove around West Alabama for several hours and even picked up and dropped off two other passengers while the 19-year-old was locked in the trunk.
Westbrook reportedly strangled the woman to near-unconsciousness before sexually assaulting her.
Court documents say Westbrook then drove to his mother's home in Thomasville, Alabama, around 100 miles away from Tuscaloosa. The victim allegedly alerted Westbrook's mother to what had happened, sought medical attention then returned to Tuscaloosa and reported everything to the police.
Warrants were issued Monday morning, and Westbrook was taken into custody in Marengo County later the same day. He was booked in the Tuscaloosa County Jail and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree kidnapping and domestic violence by strangulation.
He remained jailed Tuesday afternoon, with a combined bond set at $210,000.