A woman who reported she was kidnapped Saturday in Denton escaped shortly after getting into the suspect vehicle while the driver slowed down, police said Monday.
During a news conference Monday, Deputy Chief Frank Padgett of the Denton Police Department thanked the community for quickly providing tips that led to the arrest Sunday of Arique Bagby, a 28-year-old man from Lake Dallas accused of kidnapping the woman.
Bagby is also a suspect in two attempted kidnappings with two more women that occurred in Corinth over the weekend.
“A vigilant community responded to our call for help,” Padgett said. “We put out on social media a description of the suspect vehicle and got a tip on a possible vehicle.”
Padgett said the women were all out walking or jogging in neighborhoods over the weekend.
Denton police conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle Sunday around Old Alton Road and Teasley Lane. Bagby was arrested and charged at the time with driving while intoxicated.
Bagby was charged with aggravated kidnapping around 1:30 a.m. Monday after officers obtained an arrest warrant for the charge. Padgett said they couldn’t confirm Monday if they had the only individual involved in custody.
Bagby was booked Monday into the Denton County Jail. His bail amount for the aggravated kidnapping charge is set at $500,000. The kidnapping charge is related to the incident that occurred Saturday in south Denton, but more charges may follow, according to a news release.
The Denton woman told officers she was walking her dog Saturday morning around the 2000 block of Del Mar Court when the driver of an SUV displayed a gun and told her to get in. Police said she complied and got into the vehicle. She was able to escape after a short distance.
She ran away, called 911, and police were dispatched to the area around 11:44 a.m. Padgett confirmed the woman and her captor had a short conversation in the car but wouldn’t provide details.
In Corinth, a woman told police around 11:30 a.m. Saturday that she noticed a vehicle stop near Oakmont and Park Palisades drives while she was jogging. The driver pointed a handgun at her and told her to get in, according to a news release.
Police said Sunday there was another kidnapping attempt in Corinth. A woman reported a man attempted to lure her into his car Sunday around 12:35 p.m.
Padgett said if a person is out and is confronted by anyone, they should run, yell for help and fight if they have to.
“Once you allow someone to take you to a second location, that’s when the most danger is posed,” he said. “Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t get too caught up in your earbuds or phone. And be aware of each other. … Be aware of your neighbors.”