Lufkin Police investigate apparent kidnapping; suspect still at large

Kendrick Johnson mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Kendrick Johnson mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Jeremy Johnson mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Jeremy Johnson mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Police are searching for a Lufkin man who fled from officers Sunday morning, after a woman was apparently kidnapped.

According to Corporal Trent Sobolewski with the Lufkin Police Department, officers responded to the 100 block of Broaddus Street in reference to a 911 call of a possible kidnapping at 5:45 a.m. The caller stated a man had kicked in her door and took a 26-year-old woman from her house. Sobolewski said the victim's name is not being released at this time.

As officers were arriving, the caller gave a vehicle description. Sobolewski stated officers saw the suspect vehicle parked in a driveway on Broaddus Street. The vehicle was occupied.

According to Sobolewski, officers ordered the driver, 24-year-old Kendrick D. Johnson, of Lufkin out of the vehicle. Johnson fled on foot. After chasing the suspect for about a minute, officers immediately returned to the vehicle where they found the victim handcuffed inside. She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released. A handgun was also found in the vehicle.

Officers searched the nearby area for two hours but could not locate Johnson.

Sobolewski said after some investigation, a second suspect, Kendrick's brother, was arrested. Sobolewski said 23-year-old Jeremy Johnson, of Lufkin was found in the vehicle with the victim. He was arrested for aggravated kidnapping.

Sobolewski said the incident remains under investigation.

Authorities need your help in locating Kendrick Johnson, who is still at large. Police describe him as a black male, average build, last seen wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants. You're asked to call the Lufkin Police or Crimestoppers at 639-TIPS if you have any information on this individual. Police ask that if you see Johnson, do not attempt to apprehend him yourself.

As police continue to search for Johnson, a counselor at the Lufkin Family Crisis Center said in cases like this woman found herself in, it is best to give the attacker what they want.

"Research shows it may be best to give that person what they want, and to stay calm and by giving them what they want, the chances at survival increase," said Deidra Ware James, assistant director at the Center.

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