PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. Domestic abuse is a growing problem throughout the Ozarks. One woman is trying to get help from authorities before it's too late
Tanya Huizar went to authorities for help. She filled out all the paperwork they told her to, filed all the charges they recommended. She says her pleas fell on deaf ears.
"I did go to the prosecutor and begged him to please help me. My husband is addicted to meth and was getting carried away," she said.
She first got an order of protection against her husband, Charles Huizar, in June.
"He violated his probation numerous times and was never held accountable for it. The more he gets away with the more he does," she said.
The violence has only escalated.
"I kept telling the prosecutor, you watch, something bad is going to happen. He knows that I'm going to testify against him," she explained
She said this is why she left her home for the weekend. When she got back she found it destroyed and said Charles is to blame.
"He would have killed me," she said. The amount of rage that has gone into this."
We walked around the house with her to take a look at the damage.
"So he took that (the base of a bird bath) and got through the glass and that's how he got it unlocked. The kitchen is just trashed. This is cleaned compared, not a dish left unbroken, destroyed the toilet, destroyed my sink," she explained.
"I thought either he was still inside or out in the woods waiting," she said.
Charles Huizar hasn't been found by police. Tanya Huizer said she won't go back home until he's finally arrested.
"This could have all been avoided if the prosecutor would have held true to his words to what he was going to do. I just want to get back on my feet and take back control. I've been hiding for four months now because he stalks me like I'm his prey. They know that and they won't do anything. The prosecutor should have done something. He failed me," she said.
We contacted the Pulaski County Prosecutor's office to find out what it takes for someone in Tanya Huizer's situation to get help and for Charles Huizar to be arrested. Our calls have not been returned.
Charles Huizar is facing several charges related to this crime.
One day after the story was aired, Pulaski County Prosecutor's office responded with this press release:
A recent story done by Springfield television stations KY3 and KSPR contains claims that this office did nothing to assist a victim and is responsible for the Defendant’s criminal conduct. The Prosecutor’s Office understands that the victim is going through a difficult time and her anger and frustration are understandable. Unfortunately, the story did not review the Court records to see what, if any action, the Prosecutor’s Office took in regards to this case. Below is a timeline of the events in this case:
On June 28, 2016, Mr. Huizar pled guilty to Domestic Assault in the Second Degree, was sentenced to serve seven years in the Department of Corrections, with the sentence suspended, and placed on five years probation. The victim was aware of this sentence, and requested that the no contact order that had been in place be lifted once Mr. Huizar was released from the Pulaski County Jail.
On February 28, 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office filed the first motion to revoke Mr. Huizar’s probation in this case. On March 10, 2017, the Court issued a summons ordering Mr. Huizar to appear in Court on April 6, 2017.
On April 6, 2017, the defendant appeared and requested a continuance and it was granted to May 3, 2017.
On May 3, 2017, the Defendant appeared and the Court ordered him to get a substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommendations of that evaluation.
On May 16, 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office filed its second motion to revoke the defendant’s probation.
On May 19, 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office filed its third motion to revoke the defendant’s probation.
On May 23, 2017, the Court issued a summons ordering the defendant to appear in court on June 7, 2017.
On June 7, 2017, the defendant appeared in court, and requested counsel after the Prosecutor’s Office announced that it was seeking to revoke his probation and have his sentence in prison executed. The Court reset his case to August 8, 2017 for the defendant to obtain an attorney or apply for a public defender.
On July 11, 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office filed the fourth motion to revoke the defendant’s probation.
On July 25, 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office filed new charges of Domestic Assault in the Third Degree against the defendant and requested a warrant for his arrest. A warrant was issued; the defendant was arrested and held in the Pulaski County jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash or surety bond. The Prosecutor’s Office also requested a no contact order for the defendant to have no contact with the victim, which was granted.
On August 1, 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office filed the fifth motion to revoke the defendant’s probation.
On August 7, 2017, the defendant posted the $25,000 cash or surety bond and was released from the Pulaski County Jail.
On August 9, 2017, the defendant appeared in court, had a public defender appointed to represent him, and the case was set for September 6, 2017 for hearing.
On August 25, 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office filed the sixth motion to revoke the defendant’s probation.
On September 6, 2017, the Court set all of the defendant’s motions to revoke for hearing on November 8, 2017. The State subpoenaed its witnesses, to include the victim, for this hearing. The State announced that it will object to any further continuances in the case and the Court informed the defendant that the hearing will be held on that date absent compelling reasons.
On October 13, 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office filed the seventh motion to revoke the defendant’s probation.
On November 7, 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office filed new charges against the defendant for events that occurred that day. Those charges are Stalking in the First Degree, Tampering with a Witness, Property Damage in the First Degree and Harassment. The Prosecutor’s Office requested another warrant and the Court issued a warrant with a bond of $500,000.
On November 8, 2017, the defendant failed to appear in Court and a capias warrant was issued.
The Prosecutor’s Office met with the victim regularly in this case to keep her informed of the progress of this case and to listen to her concerns. The Prosecutor’s Office understands and shares her frustration with the speed of the criminal justice system. However, for the story to say that the Prosecutor’s Office has done nothing is incorrect.
The Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office takes domestic violence crimes seriously. These crimes are some of the most difficult in the criminal justice system. Due to the difficulty of these cases, this office has an assistant prosecutor whose sole responsibility is the prosecution of these types of cases.
The Prosecutor’s Office remains committed to bringing Mr. Huizar to justice for his criminal conduct. The Prosecutor’s Office has filed numerous charges and motions to revoke his probation and intends to go forward on all of these charges and motions. There are several warrants for Mr. Huizar’s arrest. If anyone has any information on Mr. Huizar’s location, please report it immediately to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department or any local law enforcement agency.
The Prosecutor’s Office reminds everyone that the defendant in this case remains innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Please direct all questions to Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.