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Lancelot Dawkins Allegedly Strangled Ex-Girlfriend, Kidnapped Daughter

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Harmony Rodriguez amber alert. Harmony Rodriguez (left), alleged abductor Lancelot Dawkins (right), alleged vehicle (bottom). | Image by Fort Worth Police Department

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An amber alert was issued on February 25 after Lancelot Dawkins, who was released on bond, was alleged to have strangled his ex-girlfriend and abducted their daughter. Police are searching for the man and daughter who they believe is “in grave danger.” The child is 11-month-old Harmony Rodriguez, who is Black, has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a yellow onesie. Her alleged abductor is believed to be driving a white Jeep Wrangler with black trim.

Lancelot Dawkins, 26, was arrested Wednesday after failing to meet the terms of a previous bond resulting from a January arrest for assaulting a family member. He was released the following day on an additional bond of $3,500 by District Court Judge Chris Wolfe.

Dawkins was initially arrested after allegedly choking a family member in the Ft. Worth area. He was released on a $3,500 bond in that matter by Tarrant County Magistrate Brooke Panuthos. Lancelot Dawkins is believed to have fled Texas after his release.

An arrest warrant was issued for Lancelot Dawkins in Ft. Worth on January 31 after his bondsman reported to authorities that he could not be contacted. Authorities have not released the circumstances of his arrest on February 23.

Lancelot Dawkins is 6’2” tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes. Police do not know where Dawkins may be headed. However, he is believed to have fled to Nevada following his January release from Tarrant County Jail. His daughter Harmony is about 26 inches tall and weighs 30 pounds. 

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney issued a press release on February 25 in the matter. Though the press release does not state reasons why the judge would allow Lancelot Dawkins to go free on bond, the release does bring up some of the known information about the suspect.

“Judges and magistrates have access to risk assessments, lethality assessments, and criminal history when setting bonds. Dawkins has violent criminal histories – including various family violence-related crimes – in five states,” the release states. 

“Judges set bonds,” Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said. “That is why  judges have assessments and criminal histories available to them.” Wilson did not provide any additional comments on the matter.

At the time of this writing, Ft. Worth Public Relations Office had not responded to requests for information. The status of the ex-girlfriend is not clear, and the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney has not released additional information. 

Police request that if anyone has information on Lancelot Dawkins or the alleged abducted daughter, they contact law enforcement immediately. Harmony was last seen at about 9:30 p.m. in the 13500 block of Little River Rd. on February 24.

Residents are encouraged to call 817-392-4222 to report sightings or any additional information to help law enforcement locate the alleged abducted child and her non-custodial father. This is an ongoing matter we will update as more information becomes available. 

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