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11/6/07

Quick Action Avoids Amber Alert

Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Dept. Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Dept.

A Lubbock County girl is back with her mother, after a two-hour search that landed her uncle behind bars.

Allan Shepherd, 26-year-old, is in the Lubbock County Jail, charged with aggravated assault. He's accused of attacking his sister and her six-year-old son Monday night. When sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene, Shepherd was gone, and so was his 10-year-old niece. Authorities found them about two hours later in central Lubbock.

Lubbock County was just minutes away from issuing an Amber Alert when deputies arrested Shepherd at 58th and University. So, you may be asking why he is not charged with kidnapping? Investigators say it appears the 10-year-old wanted to go with her uncle, but he could still face a kidnapping charge.

"As it stands right now, through the investigation, they feel that they determined that the child wasn't taken without her agreeing to go," Major Don Carter said. 

A two hour search that started at home north of Idalou, ended at 58th and University. Police took 26-year-old Allan Shepherd into custody without incident, and they say the 10-year-old was not hurt.

"The little girl is fine," Sgt. Greg Parrott said. 

Before that, investigators didn't know exactly what was going on.

"Earlier Monday evening our officers responded to a call, an investigation of an aggravated assault where a woman and a small child had received injuries. The individual suspected of causing the injuries then left that location with a child," Parrott said. 

The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office soon sent out an alert to neighboring counties.

"Our concerns for urgency were compounded by the fact that he had this child with him," Parrott said. 

"Captain Menchaca was just minutes from establishing the Amber Alert when they located the vehicle and made the stop," Carter said. 

Shepherd is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. Right now, he is not charged with kidnapping because investigators say it appears the 10-year-old wanted to leave with her uncle, but that leaves some questions.

"That's something you've got to look at, how much consent can a 10-year-old give," Carter said. 

Maj. Carter says the district attorney could decide to bump up the charges. We'll let you know if that happens.

In the meantime, the two other victims were treated at Covenant Medical Center, but investigators still haven't released any information about what happened in that initial attack.

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