Suspected kidnapper arrested following DPS traffic stop in Lufkin

Published: Mar. 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 13, 2012 at 9:17 PM CDT
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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Diners at Cotton Patch restaurant in Lufkin got a little more than they ordered Tuesday when law enforcement officers converged on the parking lot to arrest a suspected kidnapper.

According to a DPS spokesperson, a trooper monitoring traffic along Highway 59 south of Lufkin pulled the suspect over after he made a traffic violation.

Once the man was detained in the parking lot of the restaurant, the trooper determined that the driver was a suspect connected to an out-of-state police bulletin of an alleged kidnapping.  The FBI, Texas Rangers and DPS were called in as backup.  The white car that the man was driving was searched, the spokesman said.

Investigators said they found enough evidence in the vehicle to arrest the driver for suspected kidnapping.  He was also searched and then taken into custody for questioning.  The identity of the suspect has not been released.

"It's a good feeling knowing that you've taken appropriate measures to possibly solve a crime or prevent a crime," said David Hendry, a DPS trooper on the scene.

More than a dozen onlookers were at the scene during the searches and subsequent arrest.

DPS is expected to release a statement detailing the arrest later Tuesday afternoon.

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