Authorities arrest alleged Lufkin kidnapper following foot chase

Robert Fowler mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Robert Fowler mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - In a cooperative effort Tuesday between Angelina County deputies and Lufkin Police, a Lufkin man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping his girlfriend.

According to a Lufkin Police report, officers responded to a disturbance at 2:50 p.m. at a residence on the 800 block of Royle Street. A witness said the victim's boyfriend, Robert Leroyce Fowler, 30, had punched his girlfriend in the face, the report stated. The witness said she and the victim left the house but Fowler followed them and forced them to stop their vehicle outside city limits, where he was able to force the victim into his car, according to the report.

A deputy managed to locate Fowler's vehicle on Atkinson Driver near Royle Street, but Fowler fled on foot. Deputies and officers managed to apprehend him in a creek bed about 120 yards away from his home.

Lufkin Police have charged Fowler with evading arrest and misdemeanor assault and the sheriff's office has charged him with aggravated kidnapping. Bond has not been set on his release.

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