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Man Indicted for Allegedly Strangling Ex-Girlfriend, Kidnapping Daughter


Lancelot Dawkins Indicted. | Image by Fort Worth Police

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A Tarrant County Grand Jury on June 1 indicted a 26-year-old man accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend and kidnapping their 11-month-old baby.

As reported by The Dallas Express, Fort Worth police issued an amber alert on February 25 after Lancelot Dawkins allegedly strangled his ex-girlfriend and abducted their daughter.

Before being accused of kidnapping and strangulation, Dawkins had several encounters with the law. He was arrested for allegedly assaulting a family member by impeding breath or circulation in January.

An arrest warrant was issued for Dawkins on January 31 after his bondsman filed paperwork on January 28, saying the 26-year-old could not be contacted and demanding that his bond be held insufficient.

According to the Tarrant County DA’s office, Dawkins fled Texas and was apparently heading to Nevada, violating his bond terms.

He was later arrested on February 23 and booked into the Tarrant County jail. However, he bonded out the next day after posting the $3,500 bail.

According to the Tarrant County DA’s office, Dawkins allegedly went straight to the home of his ex-girlfriend and daughter upon his release.

Authorities claimed Dawkins strangled his ex-girlfriend and kidnapped their daughter. Dawkins’ ex-girlfriend’s identity has not been released.

Following the kidnapping and strangulation, Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson remarked on the judges’ decision to set the bonds so low.

“Judges set bonds,” Wilson said. “That is why judges have assessments and criminal histories available to them.”

Fort Worth Chief of Police Neil Noakes announced on February 25 that the child had been found in New Mexico and that Dawkins had been taken into custody. Noakes also stated that Dawkins would face numerous charges.

According to the Tarrant County DA’s office, Dawkins has now been indicted on two counts of aggravated kidnapping, burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony, impersonating a public servant, assault of a family member by impeding breath, and burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault.

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