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Mon February 16, 2009
Suspects arrested in Ladonia kidnapping and robbery
By Scott Harvey
Commerce, Ladonia – Commerce Police have arrested two individuals in connection to an aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery that occurred in Honey Grove and Ladonia Sunday night.
2 suspects reportedly kidnapped a Patriot Bank employee and her husband at gunpoint and attempted to rob the Ladonia branch. The robbery attempt was unsuccessful, and the gunmen released the two victims and fled the area. There was no immediate word on the condition of the victims.
A Commerce Police officer later observed a vehicle matching the description and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle fled from the officer through the Norris Community in Commerce. During the pursuit, 2 black male suspects bailed out of the vehicle at two different locations. The driver continued fleeing a few more blocks, and then she bailed out of the vehicle also. She was apprehended a few feet away.
Air support from Texas DPS was called in, and during the aerial search, a subject believed to be involved was located and fled from police on foot. He was subsequently captured under a storage shed.
Both the female and the male were arrested on unrelated charges. Both are expected to be arraigned today on those charges in Hunt County. The man is said to be facing charges of felony evading, as well as a parole warrant from the state and a felony warrant from Delta County. The woman will be charged with felony evading in a vehicle. One suspect in the case remains at large.
The Commerce Police Department, Fannin County Sheriff's Department and the Texas Rangers are continuing to investigate this offense.
Fannin County Sheriff Kenneth Moore was unavailable for comment as of Monday night.