Kidnapping Suspect Arrested (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Monday, December 03, 2012, 01:00 (1838 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – Thursday night (November 29, 2012) at about 11:10 pm, Officer Michael Garcia, with the Patrol Division, contacted a woman running in the road in the 2500 block of Sayles Boulevard. The victim, age 22, told him that she had been assaulted by a male suspect she was later able to describe and identify by first name. Officer Garcia began piecing together the circumstances about the alleged physical assault. The victim told Officer Garcia that she was held against her will in the suspect’s vehicle. A report for felony kidnapping was taken and pictures of apparent injuries were taken as evidence. The female victim was not transported for medical treatment.

The following night, November 30th, Officer Brandon Scott with Patrol Division contacted a motorist in the 3300 block of N. 10th Street for expired registration. During his investigation, Abilene Police Department (APD) dispatch contacted Officer Scott and advised him that he had contacted the suspect from the alleged kidnapping that had occurred the previous evening. This information was provided to APD by an involved party that just happened to be driving by the traffic stop when this person recognized the driver of the stopped vehicle as the suspect involved in the alleged kidnapping. A records check revealed that the driver’s license was suspended and he was arrested for misdemeanor driving while license invalid. Members of the Criminal Investigation Division were summoned to assist in the investigation and the driver was transported to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning.

A follow-up investigation revealed that the male suspect, identified as 26 year-old Lafette Latrell Battee (DOB: 07/26/86), had contacted the victim at a local bar. The victim entered the suspect’s vehicle and was subsequently prevented from leaving when the suspect locked the doors to the vehicle. The suspect allegedly initiated an assault upon the victim by punching her. The suspect left with the unwilling victim still in his car and drove to an apartment complex where the suspect attempted to remove the victim’s pants. The victim thwarted the suspect’s advances and was eventually able to leave the vehicle, only to be grabbed by the suspect and forced back into the vehicle. The physical altercation, and the suspect’s unwanted advances, persisted until the victim once again was able to free herself from the suspect and fled on foot before being contacted by Officer Garcia.

Following the interview, Mr. Battee was also arrested for felony aggravated kidnapping. He was taken to the Taylor County Jail in lieu of $75,750.00 bond. This is an active, ongoing investigation and more details may become available as the investigation allows.

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