Oklahoma man Gregory Zavala kidnapped three teenage girls and held them captive inside his parents rural home for many months over the course of the last two years, police allege. Zavala, 23, allegedly got two of the kidnapped teenage girls pregnant.
Tuttle, Oklahoma police have charged Gregory Zavala with two counts of child abuse, three counts of kidnapping, one count of rape in the first degree, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of child pornography.
Two of the kidnapped Oklahoma teenage girls were 16 and 17 at the time of their respective abductions. The age of the third alleged Gregory Zavala kidnap victim has not yet been released, but Tuttle police has stated that the young woman was also a minor when taken captive.
The 16-year-old kidnapping victim told police that she was locked in Zavala’s bedroom from March 2011 to May 2011. The young woman said she feared for her life and was raped by the Oklahoma man “on an almost daily basis.” The teen girl added that she felt “isolated” and described her kidnapper’s home as being “in the middle of nowhere.” After becoming pregnant, she was able to escape from her captor.
The 17-year-old kidnap and rape victim was held by Zavala from January 2012 to August 2012, according to court documents. The young Oklahoma woman told investigators that she was hit with a metal bar, sliced with a box cuter, punched, and strangled by Gregory Zavala during her captivity. The teenage girl said she was also routinely sexually assaulted and became pregnant before escaping from the home.
The third kidnap victim allegedly began dating the Tuttle man in October 2012. The girl was homeless and reportedly had no family. Zavala allegedly offered her a placed to live and she moved into the home he shard with his parents. Her alleged captor then reportedly had her car towed away to leave her without transportation.
The Oklahoma kidnapping victim also maintains that she was physically and sexually assaulted while held inside the home. She told police that Gregory Zavala became particularly violent at one point and bashed her in the head multiple times in December 2012. The hammer attack reportedly caused “permanent skull deformity.” When the kidnap victim tried to run away, Zavala allegedly struck her in the abdomen with a metal bar and hit her in the head with the hammer again.
Gregory Zavala allegedly told the homeless girl that no one would miss her if he killed her because no one was looking for her. The Oklahoma kidnapping victim also told Tuttle police that she was raped on a nearly daily basis. During some of the sexual assaults, Zavala allegedly used a belt to strangle her into submission until she lost consciousness.
The accused Oklahoma kidnapper and rapist will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on June 9. Gregory Zavala’s parents are also currently under investigation by the Tuttle police. Zavala is being held at the Grady County jail on a $2 million bond.
What rock do guys like this slither out from under? How can a person get to a place where he thinks he has a right to rape, assault, and kidnap girls, just because he can? Please pray for those girls, they are going to need a lot of help.
|Tuttle City Hall|