JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Jasper Police believe a new patrol program is to credit for catching a man traveling to Arkansas with his wife, who he had allegedly kidnapped.
Gerald Schmidt Jr., 52, will be charged with a kidnapping charge out of Benton, Ark.
According to a press release from Chief Rodney Pearson, the department had implemented a traffic program in which officers are assigned to work particular areas for traffic control.
Monday was the first day of the program and resulted in Schmidt's arrest.
According to Pearson, officers stopped Schmidt, who was with his wife, Yin Yan Schmidt, 34, on U.S. 96. Officers learned Schmidt had kidnapped his wife and drove from Benton to Galveston and was on his way back to Arkansas, Pearson said.
Detectives then learned Schmidt had forced his wife in the back seat of the vehicle floorboard, handcuffed her to the base of the vehicle seats and drove her to Galveston and made remarks about her death on the way, Pearson said.
Pearson said Schmidt used a Taser on his wife to get control of her after they had gone to a store in Benton.
A search yielded the discovery of a box for Smith & Wesson handcuffs, handcuff keys, a passport, a Taser and a large knife.
Schmidt is being held at the Jasper Police Department and will be taken to the county jail, where he will await extradition.