A Killeen man is behind bars after police said he donned a mask and attempted to kidnap a female family member last weekend.
Edgar Lewis Bradshaw Jr., 48, was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of aggravated kidnapping by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke in connection with the attempted abduction, which took place early Sunday.
His bail is set at $1 million.
According to an arrest affidavit, a man in the 1500 block of Julie Jacquelin Street in Killeen arrived home at 4 a.m. Sunday and saw a man wearing black clothing and a mask attempting to carry away the victim, a woman who lived two doors down from him.
The neighbor chased the man down, and the two began to struggle. The man in black escaped. The neighbor ran back to check on the victim while they waited for police.
Police spoke with the victim, who said that after coming out of her house, she was saw a man dressed in black and wearing a mask leave her car. The man ran after her, picked her up and ran until the neighbor intervened.
Police arrested Bradshaw after he came out from some bushes and began walking toward the officers. He later admitted he abducted the victim, according to the affidavit.
Inside the car, police found a backpack containing several items, including white latex gloves, a roll of duct tape, 20 zip ties, a metal chain and padlocks, a bottle containing an unknown liquid, two masks and a knife.
A cellphone and an “action-style” camera also were found in the backpack, the affidavit stated.
The victim identified the bag as possibly belonging to Bradshaw. She also said Bradshaw is a relative. She gave police his cellphone number. When they called the number, a cellphone in the backpack began to ring, the affidavit stated.
This wasn’t the first time the woman had been victimized by a masked assailant, the affidavit stated.
She told police a man dressed in black and wearing a mask sexually assaulted her in San Antonio in January. She said the man accosted her as she was leaving her vehicle. She said he put a knife to her throat. During the assault, she said the man gave her commands via prewritten messages on an iPhone’s Siri program.
She told police she was able to see “somewhat” under the face cover and believed the attacker may have been filming the assault.
The affidavit didn’t state that Bradshaw was the attacker in that incident. No charges of sexual assault had been filed against him as of Tuesday afternoon.
Bradshaw is in custody in Bell County Jail.
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