Accused Kidnapper Professes His Innocence - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/31/08

Accused Kidnapper Professes His Innocence

The man accused of kidnapping three Lubbock children has been brought from Oklahoma back to Lubbock. 

Monday evening Lubbock Police issued a local amber alert for 9-year-old Angel Contreras, 11-year-old Jasmine Bazan and 15-year-old Lashawnda Theriac. Police say 41-year-old Kenneth Wilcox had permission to take the kids to Six Flags in Arlington but instead he went to southeast Oklahoma.  

Police got involved when Wilcox didn't return with the kids when he was supposed to. Thanks to a call from Wilcox's cousin, the kids were found safe and sound and returned to Lubbock. Wilcox is charged with aggravated kidnapping. As of 4 p.m. Friday, online records show that he had not been officially booked into the Lubbock County Jail.   

As officers brought him back to town from Oklahoma, he did profess his innocence to a NewsChannel 11 photojournalist.  In essence he says he had permission to be with the children and he didn't return on time because of an automotive breakdown. Wilcox says, "I'm innocent.  I didn't kidnap no kids.  I had permission to leave with them.  And we got broke down."

This week NewsChannel 11 spoke to two of the three children. They say they were not physically abused by Wilcox. They said he just wouldn't let them go home.

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