Two brothers are abducted from a local shopping mall, but escape.
The drawings made by police sketch artist, Lois Gibson, have been praised for their amazingly accuracy. Lois’ sketches have resulted in the arrest of more than 1,000 criminals. But Lois’ story goes far beyond artistic talent. She, herself, was the victim of a vicious crime.
Lois Gibson has been a police sketch artist in Texas for more than 20 years:
Lois’ ability to relate to a victim of crime comes from an incident that happened when she was a young aspiring actress in Los Angeles. According to Lois, a man pretending to be a neighbor pushed his way into her home:
The assailant sexually assaulted Lois and nearly strangled her to death before fleeing. Lois said she never reported the crime because she was overwhelmed with shame:
Lois could still not bring herself to tell the authorities what the man had done to her. But what happened that morning changed her life forever. Following her attack, Lois moved to San Antonio, got married, and had a family. She continued to keep her traumatic memories to herself. As an outlet, she began to develop her talent for art. It would become her answer to the rage she felt when she would hear news of crimes:
But Lois realized she needed to prove to herself and the police that she could draw someone only from an eyewitness description. So a friend of hers went to a nearby gas station, looked at the attendant, then returned to describe the man to Lois:
The two women brought the sketch to the gas station and compared it to the attendant. It matched perfectly. The Houston Police Department decided to give Lois a shot. The results were astounding. Her sketches have helped capture suspects in 30% of the cases she’s worked on. According to Detective Curtis Mills of the Humble Texas Police Department:
Houston Police Lieutenant Ron Walker said that Lois’s drawings are different from most police sketches in a significant way:
Lois was called in to help with a case that involved the abduction of two brothers, Jason and Phillip Bomer. The boys were at a shopping mall when they were approached by two well-dressed men who said they had a computer to sell for cheap. The men led them to a van in the mall’s parking lot. At gunpoint, Jason was forced into the back seat of the van and Phillip into the front. According to Philip Bomer, the kidnappers then headed for the freeway:
As the van approached 70 miles per hour, the brothers became convinced they were going to die. Both felt there was only one thing to do: opened the door and jump out. They both hit the freeway shoulder with devastating force. Phillip suffered cuts and asphalt burns from head to toe. Jason’s collar bone was shattered and his leg was severely fractured. Shortly after being released from the hospital, Jason sat down for a session with Lois Gibson:
Police are still looking for two men in connection with the kidnapping and attempted robbery of Jason and Phillip Bomer.