NewsChannel 11 is learning more about Monday night's search for a missing 10-year-old, and why the suspect isn't facing kidnapping charges.
Allan Shepherd, 26-year-old, is in the Lubbock County Jail. He's charged with two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. That's after he led Lubbock authorities on a two hour search for his 10-year-old niece.
Investigators say it appears his niece wanted to go with him, but the question is how much consent a 10-year-old can give, and that's why Major Don Carter with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office says the charges could be bumped up.
Police caught up with Shepherd just after 11 p.m. at 58th and University. NewsChannel 11 cameras were the only ones rolling when police arrested him without incident, and found the 10-year-old unharmed.
At one point Shepherd called out to his niece, calling her sweetheart, and telling her things would be okay.
The search started about two hours earlier north of Idalou. A woman called 911 from her home, saying her brother, Shepherd, attacked her and her 6-year-old son. When sheriff's deputies arrived they couldn't find the 10-year-old girl. They later found out she was with Shepherd.
"From our understanding the individual had sent a message back to the house the he may possibly be having some emotional distress, possibly be suicidal. Our concerns for urgency were compounded by the fact the he had this child with him," LSO Sgt. Greg Parrott said.
Sheriff's deputies and other area law enforcement searched for Shepherd's truck. They knew he was driving around, but they didn't know where or how far. Just minutes before LSO was about to issue the amber alert, they spotted him in Lubbock.
Again, they arrested Shepherd without incident. The other two victims were treated at Covenant Medical Center, but investigators did not release their names or conditions to us.
Shepherd is on a $105,000 bond. We'll let you know if the district attorney upgrades his charges.
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