Kidnapping, Chase Ends with Driver's Suicide; Victim Jumps from Moving Vehicle

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

BURLESON COUNTY A kidnapping-turned multi-county search and chase through Burleson and Brazos County ended with the driver's suicide and a 20-year-old female jumping from a moving vehicle late Tuesday night.

The Burleson County Sheriff's office tells us it started just after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday on County Road 205.

The female victim was taken from her vehicle by her 36-year-old boyfriend, who is from Caldwell. He reportedly forced her into his Black Chevy extended cab pick up.

An hours-long search for the pair stretched across multiple counties.

Sometime late Tuesday night, the truck was located off of FM 50 in Brazos County, and a pursuit began back into Burleson County on State Highway 21 east towards 205.

Officials say they threw down spikes in the Cooks Point area to stall the vehicle. The truck hit them and the girl jumped out of the moving vehicle.

The male suspect then shot himself with a rifle, taking his own life.

Burleson County Sheriff Dale Stroud said "anytime anybody loses their life it's difficult, we don't like that," calling the situation an unfortunate circumstance.

A number of agencies were involved in what the sheriff called a "wide area" search which included DPS, Burleson County and Brazos County law enforcement.

The girl was reportedly taken to a hospital in Caldwell as a precaution.

The identities of those involved have not been released at this time, but Sheriff Stroud says no other people were injured.

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