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July 5, 2013

Alleged kidnapper returned to face charges

Man accused of abducting, assaulting woman in February

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A man accused of kidnapping a woman at knifepoint and violently assaulting her in February was returned to Parker County Wednesday to face charges after he was arrested in Tarrant County.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Feb. 27, a 25-year-old injured woman was dropped off at the Springtown Police Department by a couple who brought the woman to the police station after she flagged down their vehicle, according to Springtown police.

The woman reportedly told police that her ex-boyfriend, 40-year-old James Dean McConnell, threatened her and her family’s life, assaulted her and held her against her will after she picked him up from an Azle store when he requested a ride.

She reportedly drove him to a location in Lake Worth but he became angry and demanded she drive to the house where he was staying in Azle.

There, McConnell intruded on her in the bathroom and took her cell phone, according to the probable cause affidavit filed with Justice of the Peace Wayne Hayes. When she attempted to leave without him, he reportedly took her car keys from her and left in her vehicle.

After returning, he reportedly told her she could leave but did not leave the keys in the car for her as he claimed.

A resident later told authorities she heard McConnell not allow the woman to leave and threaten to kill and cut the victim.

One of the residents at the home called police.

However, as they heard the sound of approaching Azle police sirens, McConnell reportedly forced the woman into her vehicle and made her drive to his parents’ house in Springtown, the affidavit states.

The woman said McConnell struck her, causing her to hit her head on the door window, grabbed her around her throat, and held a pocket knife and screwdriver close to her face, according to police.

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