The woman in shackles who frantically rang the bell at 3 in the morning in search of help was fleeing from a convicted felon with a history of sexual assault, DailyMail.com may reveal.
Dennis Ray Collins, who shot himself to death after the video of the woman went viral, was arrested in 2000 for attempted sexual assault, court records show.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree felony and was given a five-year probationary period.
The woman, 32, was caught by the camera ringing a bell on the suburban street of Montgomery, TX, which raised fears for her safety.
But the cops say she is safe and that her family comforted her when she got into a car and headed to the Dallas-Fort Worth area after failing to get help early on Friday morning.
The woman said the shackles were "restrictions commonly used in private intimate encounters," said Lt. Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department on Thursday afternoon during a press conference in Conroe, Texas.
If Collins, 49, lived, he would now face more serious charges, say police in Texas.
"If he were still alive, this would be a criminal investigation," said Lieutenant Spencer.
"There are separate incidents, but if one is included, there will be kidnapping and illegal restriction turned into sexual assault, so this could be a multifaceted investigation."
The crime scene: The man shot himself in this house in the 18400 block of Sunrise Pines Drive at 11 a.m. M. He was 49 years old and the boyfriend of the 32-year-old woman who saw through the door the frantic doorbell of a road near 3 o'clock in the morning last Friday.
Sexual offender: The 49-year-old boyfriend of the woman, Dennis Ray Collins, was arrested and convicted of attempted second-degree sexual assault in Houston, Texas, in the year 2000.
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Third: the police surrounded the house where the 49-year-old man took his own life on Wednesday and said his girlfriend was safe and that her family was comforting her.
The video, recorded in a security camera early Friday, showed the 32-year-old woman playing desperately the timbre of the Sunrise Ranch subdivision in Montgomery, Texas.
Owner Jennie Drude shared the video online and with the police.
Collins 'ex-wife, called a cop, was called to Collins' rented house, one block from Drude's house, on Wednesday morning. The former recognized the woman in the video.
"She insisted that I was the girlfriend in the video," Spencer said. & # 39; She had met her before & # 39;
The former was worried because Collins had sent her a text message threatening to commit suicide. Spencer said it was clear he was upset about the video that had circulated widely on the Internet.
In a suicide note, Collins "admitted that he did what he did to her that was seen in the video," he added.
The cops met with the ex in the three-bedroom Collins house on Sunrise Pines Drive. They had to force their way through and found Collins dead in the back room with a single bullet wound in his chest. A gun was found nearby.
The investigators refuse to identify the woman, who in the video wore only a shirt without pants or shoes, and with broken shackles on both wrists, as it is said to be a victim of sexual assault. They say he is now with his family in the Dallas area.
"She is very distressed about this," Spencer said. "She is embarrassed, upset and in shock that has come to this.
"We are giving her time and keeping in touch with her."
Spencer said Collins and his girlfriend had been renting the house for four months. "The residents did not recognize her, since they had not been there that long."
The woman broke free of Collins' restrictions early Saturday. After ringing the bell in two houses, he returned home, got into a car and drove to Dallas, "Spencer said.
"What happened exactly up to that point I do not know, but your accusations of sexual assault are being taken seriously and are being investigated at this time.
"She was distressed," he added.
Spencer said his department had been flooded with clues from around the world since the video went viral.
"If he were still alive, this would be a criminal investigation," said Lt. Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department on Thursday afternoon.
Sex offender: Dennis Ray Collins had been on probation since 2005 for his conviction for sexual assault. His ex-wife identified the woman as his girlfriend, but when the police arrived at his house, he shot himself dead.
The woman is seen in the security camera of a resident, around 3 o'clock in the morning on Friday approaching the door without pants or shoes on. She has now been found safe.
The woman seemed to need help, and now the police in Sunrise Ranch, Texas ask the public if they have any information.
After the buzzer sounds, we can better see the profile of his face, as he seems to nervously look down.
Jennie Drude's home security camera captured the chilling video of the woman who was ringing the doorbell in Texas
"We received numerous calls, I could not give a number, but it was a lot, referring to missing persons, not only locally, but throughout the United States and also internationally.
"The detectives were in contact with each of these law enforcement agencies to discover similarities," he added.
In the 7-second video, the woman emerges from behind a bush, seems to be trying to be quiet and looks for the bell.
He also tried to get the attention of another house, but when the residents answered that he had already left.
The restrictions are on his wrists. Drude described the woman as having seemed out of breath from what she could see in the surveillance video of her house.
Another resident, who did not want to be identified, told Click2Houston: "We were sound asleep in our beds." My husband was awakened by the doorbell, which probably rang 20 to 30 times.
By the time her husband opened the door, no one was there.
– He walked out, nobody was in sight. It's like disappearing in the air, "the resident said.
"It was a little scary because this girl looked like she was alone in a shirt, she seemed to have restrictions for the wrist on her wrist and she was barefoot, you can see her with a concern on her face looking around," said the resident.
The police visited the area and went door to door to speak with residents, but none recognized the woman in the video. They are also reviewing other security images of the area.
The area surrounding the back of the small neighborhood is densely wooded.
Police conducted a neighborhood survey, conducted door-to-door monitoring to interview residents, and are currently reviewing images of area surveillance cameras, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said.