Man Wanted In Two Attempted Abductions Arrested

By: KBTX News Email
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COLLEGE STATION - UPDATE: Police have released new details in an attempted kidnapping from Friday morning.

24-year-old Kenneth Wayne Connor has been charged with aggravated kidnapping.

The College Station Police Department says at about 6:20 a.m. Friday officers were called to the 3600 block of Vienna Drive in regards to a report of an attempted abduction. Officers met with the victim, a 36-year-old woman, and numerous witnesses. Police say Connor approached the woman from behind. He then reportedly put the woman in a headlock and wrestled her to the ground. Police say Connor then began to grope the victim, during which time he threatened to shoot her if she wasn't quiet. The woman continued to fight and scream and police say Connor stopped the attack and fled on foot. A witness observed him flee the area in a vehicle and was able to obtain the license plate number which was relayed to police.

Police say there were able to identify Kenneth Wayne Connor as the suspect and while they were working on obtaining a warrant, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Southwest Parkway at 12:44 p.m.

That's where investigators say a 19-year-old woman was assaulted by Connor who posed as a maintenance worker to get into her apartment. The woman reported that while in her apartment he began to assault her and tried to attack her further, but she fought back and he left.

Police say witnesses were able to provide a suspect and vehicle description that matched that of the earlier attack.

At about 2:16 p.m. a detective with College Station police spotted the suspect vehicle which was later found abandoned and hidden of Frierson Road near Wellborn Road.

The College Station Police Department (along with assisting personnel from the Brazos County Sheriff's Department, Bryan Police Department, Brazos County Constables, Department of Public Safety, and Texas Parks & Wildlife) started searching the area. Connor was allegedly found on foot in the woods at about 3:45 p.m.

He's been charged with aggravated kidnapping and an outstanding warrant for Motion to Revoke Probation for Criminally Negligent Homicide. 14 months ago, Connor was given 10 year's probation after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Whitney Paskey-Pullen.

He is currently being held at the College Station Police Department pending transfer to the Brazos County Sheriff's Department.

Police say investigation into these incidents continues and additional charges related to the burglary of a habitation offense on Southwest Parkway are possible. The names and identifying information of the victims in these offenses are not being released and they have chosen to participate in the Pseudonym program.

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College Station police have arrested the man they say tried to abduct two females early Friday morning.

The first attempted abduction was at 6:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of Vienna. The second was at 12:45 p.m. in the 500 block of Southwest Parkway.

Kenneth Wayne Connor, 24, was captured shortly before 4:00 p.m. after a two-hour manhunt in the Wellborn area.

Police have not released information about the females or how Connor allegedly attempted to abduct them. First notice of the incidents was released by police more than seven hours after the first incident.

Two elementary schools, Greens Prairie and Forest Ridge, were placed under a shelter-in-place during the manhunt. Students were allowed to leave only if their parents came to pick them up. That was lifted as soon as Connor was captured.

The suspect in the abductions is currently on probation. Whitney Paskey-Pullen, 21, was the ex-girlfriend of Connor, and died on New Year's Day 2012. Authorities say Connor, Paskey-Pullen, and the woman's then-boyfriend were smoking marijuana together when Connor picked up a gun. Connor claimed it went off by accident, and the shot hit Paskey-Pullen, a mother of two, in the head.

Connor was given ten years probation after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide. He faced prison time for any violations.


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