Man accused of kidnapping woman, crashing her SUV into school bus

By Sally Mamdooh - Reporter, Matt Aufdenspring - Digital Managing Editor

HOUSTON - A man accused of kidnapping a woman and crashing her SUV into a school bus appeared in court Thursday.

Christopher Emerson allegedly abducted the woman at knifepoint Wednesday while she was leaving a Walgreens in north Houston, according to police.

KPRC spoke exclusively to the victim, who shared her terrifying moments with Emerson. 

“I got in my SUV and as I was closing my door...a man started to open my driver side door. He pulled a knife on me and that’s when I tried my best to shut the door. But I couldn't because he was stronger than me,” the victim said.

Emerson, 52, is also accused of forcing the woman to withdraw money from an ATM and holding her hostage for two hours while he drove around. The victim, who only spoke Spanish, says during the drive she was repeatedly abused and almost raped. 

“He told me to take my pants off. I couldn't understand what he was asking and that's when punched me twice in the face. Then he drove us to a nearby parking lot and took my underwear off. I told him I just had a baby,” the victim said.

She claimed Emerson claimed to be disgusted by what she told him and decided to drive out of the parking lot.

Police said the woman safely escaped when Emerson braked for a school bus, but he tried to stop her by crashing her SUV into the bus.

Emerson then tried to run away from that crash, but deputies with the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's Office captured him.

Emerson is charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

He is being held without bond.

Court records show Emerson has a long criminal history dating back to 1984.

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