LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County deputies say the last suspect in Tuesday's car chase and alleged kidnapping has been arrested. Details of Ashely Mclemore's arrest have not yet been released. Authorities say she was arrested last night about 10 o'clock (Friday) and is in the Angelina County jail charged with aggravated kidnapping. No bond has been set.
Five other suspects have been charged in that case. Angelina County Sheriff Kent Henson said all the suspects arrested in the case are members of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist group.
Henson said the department received a call about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday of a possible abduction. He said the suspects put the victim in the trunk of a car and at some point took her up and "beat her up pretty bad."
The vehicle chase ended around noon Tuesday. The suspects were caught at different parts of the day, except for Ashely McLemore, who escaped. She is someone the Sheriff knows personally.
"A good kid, you know, been raised right and then see this here happen to her. It just breaks your heart to see something like this happen because all these people are fairly young," said Sheriff Henson.
As for the woman kidnapped, put in a trunk, and beat, the Sheriff said he can't comment on why she was abducted, but he said, "The girl is okay. We picked her up and she's been placed in a safe place."
The sheriff's office arrested and charged the following on Tuesday, while a justice of the peace set bond on Wednesday:
Stephen Dewayne Wallace, 34, charged with aggravated kidnapping, tampering with evidence, methamphetamine, evading arrest and two Class C misdemeanors.
Stephanie Denise Powell, 37, charged with aggravated kidnapping, hindering apprehension of a known felon, parole violation, forgery and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Gary Dale Allen, 31, charged with evading arrest ($1,500 bond) and aggravated kidnapping.
Christopher Guffey, 29, charged with evading arrest and aggravated kidnapping.
Rachel Tutt, 21, charged with aggravated kidnapping and bond revocation for possession of a controlled substance.
Allen, of Vidor, is the only suspect not from the Lufkin area.
Sheriff Henson said, "It hurts me that they would go down this type of road and it makes you wonder, you know, why would they do this?" Investigators are still trying to find the answer to that question.
We'll have updates as we get new information on the East Texas News and KTRE.com.