Family Members Plead For Children's Safe Return - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/27/08

Family Members Plead For Children's Safe Return

LaShawnda Theriac LaShawnda Theriac
Jasmine Bazan Jasmine Bazan
Angel Contreras Angel Contreras
Kenneth M. Wilcox Kenneth M. Wilcox

Lubbock Police have issued an alert for three children.

LaShawnda Annice Theriac, a black female, age 14; Jasmine Nichole Bazan, a Hispanic female, age 11; and Angel Contreras, a Hispanic Male, age 8. The two youngest are siblings, but all three reside in the same apartment.

Lubbock Police say a man who lives at the same apartment complex as the three, was supposed to be taking them to Six Flags over Texas in Arlington along with his son over the weekend. They believe the man left his son in Amarillo and then headed east, spending some time in Arlington. Police believe the man was headed to East Texas or Shreveport, Louisiana, with the children

The Ponderosa Apartments on East 29th Street in Lubbock are the last place where family members saw Theriac, Bazan, and Contreras.  That was on Friday, before they left on a trip to Arlington to go to Six Flags with the suspect, Kenneth Michael Wilcox.  

Lubbock Police suspect the children are in danger. They couldn't comment further, but family members say the suspect's ex-wife told them he can't be trusted with children. "His ex-wife told us that he's not supposed to be around little girls," Bazan's and Contreras' Aunt Kristal Ortiz said.  She tells NewsChannel 11 they never suspected Wilcox to be anything, but a family friend until Sunday evening.

Authorities say they've known Wilcox for the past five months, so when he planned a trip to Six Flags with Therica, Bazan, and her brother Contreras, the families let them go.  "My sister said he called up there and made the reservations for that right in front of her," Bazan's and Contrera's Uncle Mario Ortiz said. 

The children left with Wilcox Friday afternoon. Police say Wilcox's son was also with them at the time. The crew was supposed to return around 5 p.m. Sunday.  More than 24-hours later, still no sign.  "They've called the cell phone. He has it disconnected," Kristal Ortiz said. 

Now, police say Wilcox dropped off his son with his ex-wife in Amarillo.  "Based upon the information that the detectives have received, up to this point, they do believe that the children are in some degree of danger," Lubbock Police Capt. Greg Stevens said. 

"If you all are hearing this, just call collect, let us know what's going on, just call home. They know the number, that's how we know something is wrong, because they're not calling," Kristal Ortiz said. 

The person of interest in this case, Kenneth Michael Wilcox, is a white male, 5'5" tall and  150 pounds. He has blue eyes and blonde hair with a gray stripe. He is believed to be possibly driving a 2004 Blue Ford Focus with California tags, 5GTX 090.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call Lubbock Police at (806) 775-2865.

10/27/08
AMBER ALERT: Three Lubbock Children Missing
Lubbock Police have now released a picture of the person of interest.
 

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