Kilgore woman arrested in kidnapping case

Incident began in Longview, ended in Rusk County

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A Kilgore woman was released from Rusk County Jail Friday on $500,000 bond following the abduction of a young woman at gunpoint Thursday evening.

Nancy Alice Motes, 57, is charged with Aggravated Kidnapping in a case that began in Longview when the woman reportedly forced 19-year-old Alexa Blair from her home.

According to a press release from Longview Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Airline Road at 6:12 p.m. Dec. 29.

“When officers arrived they were told that the suspect, an older white female, entered the victim's home and kidnapped a 19 year-old white female, at gunpoint,” LPD confirmed. “Approximately an hour later the victim was able to escape, contact police and give them her location.”

Heading to that address, officers found the 19-year-old woman, reportedly unharmed.

“A short time later police located the suspect and placed her under arrest … Motes was transported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office without incident.”

According to judicial records, Motes was booked into Rusk County Jail Dec. 30, the bond set at half a million dollars. She made bail later that day. Public records list an address for Motes southeast of the Kilgore City Limits.

More details are pending from investigators in Longview.

“Police are still trying to determine a motive for this crime,” LPD reported. “It is very early in the investigation and information is still being sought from witnesses who may have witnessed this crime occurring and not realized it at the time. As more information becomes available it will be released.”

Anyone with information on the kidnapping case is asked to contact LPD Det. James Reeves at 903-237-1199. Leads can also be submitted to Gregg County Crimestoppers at 902-236-7867.

Look for additional information in the Jan. 4 edition of the Kilgore News Herald.