Woman Indicted In Series Of Local Credit Card Thefts

WACO (August 21, 2013)--Lakeshia Ann Kennedy, 36, who was arrested in May in an investigation of a series of credit card thefts at area schools, clinics and hospitals, was named in a five count indictment Wednesday charging credit card abuse (enhanced).

Kennedy was held in the Washington County Jail on unrelated charges when she was served with an arrest warrant in the case.

Credit and debit cards taken from wallets and purses at clinics, hospitals and schools were later used to purchase items at area stores, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Tips led investigators to Kennedy, Swanton said.

The McLennan County Grand Jury also returned an indictment Wednesday charging assault against a public servant (enhanced) and evading arrest or detention with a prior against Jason Jerrod Lancelin, 38, who was arrested after a daylong search following a scuffle with a sheriff’s deputy who was trying to arrest him.

The deputy was trying to serve an arrest warrant at a home just off Lincoln City Road, near Elm Mott, when the wanted man pushed him and tried to take his stun gun before disappearing into a wooded area, wearing only his underwear.

Jose Luis Juarez, 37, of Waco was named in a two-count indictment Wednesday charging indecency with a child by contact.

He was arrested in June in connection with a 2006 incident involving a young boy.

The arrest warrants said the child, who now is in his early teens, reported to CPS that in 2006 a man, whom he said he knew, had improper sexual contact with him.

The warrants detailed sexual acts the man performed on the child as well as sexual acts the man forced the child to perform on him.