OZARK COUNTY, Mo – An Ozark County man is behind bars this evening accused of chaining his girlfriend inside a cellar, assaulting her and threatening to kill the couple’s children.
The Sheriff’s Department says the alleged crimes were committed by Estevon Dockins, 28, of Squires, Missouri.
Deputies were called to Dockins’ home, off of JJ Highway near Thornfield, on February 18th.
“According to her, that day he snapped,” says Ozark County Sheriff, Darrin Reed.
According to the probable cause statement, Dockins’ girlfriend said her boyfriend had been up for three straight days leading up to the 911 call.
While her story can’t be confirmed, Reed says meth would have easily been a factor.
“Anytime that methamphetamine is involved with an individual, they are up for — some of them I’ve heard– are up for a week at a time without sleep,” he says.
The victim also said Dockins’ had choked her and chained her up by her feet in a root cellar.
“[When] he took the chains off and she tried to run away he caught her,” Reed says, “and I guess he had beaten on her — hit her with a pistol.”
The probable cause statement says Dockins took the couple’s two children and drove away. He was arrested a short time later without incident.
Reed says deputies were in the area because they had been doing surveillance on the property for drug related activity.
“We arrived on scene shortly after that and a large amount of methamphetamine and a small bag of marijuana were found,” Reed says. “He had threw them out of the vehicle.”
The Sheriff says several ledgers were also found inside Dockins’ residence.
Reed says Dockins denies his girlfriend’s story but did admit the meth thrown outside of the vehicle was his.
“These people, when they are on this meth, they have no control,” he says.
Dockins has been charged with kidnapping, felonious restraint, child endangerment, assault and for several drug related crimes.
He is currently in the Ozark County Jail on $100,000 bond.