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August 14, 2013

Charges other than kidnapping filed on man

From Staff Reports

A reported kidnapping of a toddler Tuesday evening did not lead to kidnapping charges against the individual sought, but who was jailed on other charges related to the incident.

The ordeal began about 5:30 p.m. when a 32-year-old woman called police from a convenience store in the 1100 block of Fort Worth to report a known male had left in a pickup with her 2-year-old daughter. An area-wide search ensued, and the suspect was found about an hour later in Wise County north of Azle where he was taken into custody. The child was found unharmed.

The woman claimed Thomas Earl McClendon, 53, had unlawfully restrained her and was in violation of a protective order. Last month, Parker County sheriff’s deputies were called to a disturbance in the 4000 block of Dugan Lane in Peaster where McClendon allegedly assaulted his child’s 32-year-old mother by striking her on the head and arms. He was reportedly arrested and charged at that time with felony Continuous Violence Against the Family. McClendon was also found to have an outstanding Tarrant County warrant for a similar complaint.

During Tuesday’s incident, McClendon reportedly cut off an ankle monitor he was wearing and tossed it from his truck sometime after leaving the area with the child.

McClendon, who lists a Granbury address, was charged with unlawful restraint with assault against a family member, violation of a protective order for assault, criminal mischief $1,500-$20,000, continuous violence against the family and theft. He remained in Parker County Jail on Wednesday evening awaiting magistration.

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