Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Breaking News

Local News

October 3, 2012

Athens abduction

Men force victim to withdraw bank account at ATM

Athens — The Athens Police Department arrested three males Tuesday, after an investigation into a report that thieves kidnapped a Frankston resident, and forced him to withdraw money from his bank account.

Al Gene Fulton, 29, Lamontoe D. Rodriguez, 18 and Bryson Bowman, 17, were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, and transported to the Henderson County Jail.

Each of the suspects was  charged with the first-degree felony charge aggravated kidnapping. Bond on Fulton was set at $100,000, and bond on Rodriguez at $25,000. Bond information on Bowman was not available at press time Wednesday.

APD reports indicate that the Frankston man’s ordeal began at about 4:45 a.m., Saturday, when the suspects approached him, and demanded that he withdraw the money.  The victim said he had been at an apartment complex in the 700 block of Jonathan Street, trying to locate an acquaintance, when the suspects surrounded him, and took his wallet, keys and cell phone.

According to reports, the complainant said two men forced him into his own vehicle, while a third person got into the driver’s seat. He was taken to an ATM machine, and told to withdraw all of his money in exchange for his life and release. 

The victim complied with the demands, and removed the maximum amount available on his ATM card. He was told to withdraw more money from his account, but the second attempted transaction was denied.

Then the suspects transported him to a second ATM, where he made an additional unsuccessful attempt to withdraw money. Finally, the subjects drove the victim to a location on the west side of Athens, where they assaulted him briefly, and left with his vehicle.

APD began investigating the offense, and was able to obtain video surveillance from the ATM machines, which helped identify the three men involved in the kidnapping.

Lead detective on the case, Cpl. James Bonnette presented the information to Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Tommy Barnett. Barnett issued arrest warrants for each of the individuals, who were picked up at various Athens locations Wednesday.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 7-25 Sanders_Kendall.jpg Sanders suspended indefinitely

    Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.
    Wide receivers Kendall Sanders, of Athens, and Montrel Meander were arrested and later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25 tree down college st. 1.JPG Thunderstorms take their toll on counties

    A line of thunderstorms rolled through Henderson County on Wednesday, snapping tree branches and power lines along the way.
    The winds that accompanied the storm resulted in thousands of people in North Texas without electricity and roads broken by falling trees or debris.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Council considering Burton's severance package

    The Athens City Council, by a 3-to-2 vote, tabled a budget adjustment on Wednesday to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who’s stepping down at the end of the year.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Eustace ISD approves tax rates

    The Eustace Independent School District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in the Eustace High School Library.
    Several reports and agenda items were considered by the board, and all were passed or approved. Board Secretary Ashley McKee was absent.
    The board was presented with the superintendent's reports on revenue, expenditures, payroll and taxes.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif TxDOT signs at issue in county

    It turns out Texas counties will not be picking up the cost of Advance County Road signs as the Texas Department of Transportation had stated earlier this year.
    TxDOT informed Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders recently that it has reversed its decision to change its policy regarding maintenance of the signs installed to aid approaching traffic to identify an upcoming county road intersection.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Free meals for schools in Malakoff, Tool

    The Malakoff Independent School District has been approved to provide free breakfast and lunch for Malakoff Elementary, Tool Elementary and Malakoff Middle School.
    Those schools did meet or exceed the 40-percent requirement to participate in the program.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • • DSC_0162.JPG Ramps for handicapped

    Encino Landscaping is doing a necessary job for the Texas Department of Transportation Tyler District. All four corners of the block upon which the Henderson County Courthouse rests are being converted to better serve handicapped pedestrians.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Appearance and operation of Splash Pad upgraded

    The Splash Pad at Athens Kiwanis Park has been closed this week, as work is being done that will upgrade the appearance of the surroundings and operation of the facility.
    The pad is now well into its first full summer of operation, and has proven to be a popular spot for youngsters in the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif GBC official asked to resign

    Gun Barrel City resident Carroll Strickland asked Councilman Marty Goss “to do the right thing and resign.”
    Strickland spoke to the GBC council during the citizen's comment portion of the Tuesday evening’s council meeting. Strickland  accused Goss of trying to take over the GBC Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
    In a prepared statement, Strickland said,  “Marty is doing harm to the city's reputation. I am asking the mayor and the city council to do something about the situation.”

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Nutt says being part of task force has really paid off

    Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reports that being a part of the Drug Enforcement Task Force in Tyler has paid off in a big way with the arrest of two major drug distributors.
    On May 13, following an investigation initiated in January by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Uleyses Roberts, 45, and Dijon Howard, 25, were arrested by a task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The men were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo