Shooting Suspect Won't Be Charged With Kidnapping

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Local police detectives have determined they will not seek a kidnapping charge against a man accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy.

Mike Joseph Alvarado (Jail photo)

WACO (January 9, 2014) Waco police announced Thursday they will not pursue kidnapping charges against a man who is accused of shooting a McLennan County Sheriff’s deputy during a gun battle on December 18.

Michael Alvarado, 25, was involved in a shoot out with sheriff’s deputies after he had been the subject of a search that morning following the report of a kidnapping.

McLennan County Sheriff’s Lt. Johnny Spillman was shot in the leg and Alvarado was hit several times by gunfire from lawmen during a confrontation outside America's Storage at 1215 Baylor Ave.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton released a statement Thursday that said “After a thorough investigation by (the) Family Violence detectives it has been determined that probable cause cannot be established to issue a warrant for the charge of Kidnapping on Michael Alvarado.”

Swanton went on to say “The decision to not file Kidnapping charges is based off the detective's findings after the incident that include lack of victim cooperation, video surveillance and text messages to the victims mother that she was okay.”

Police were looking for Alvarado after neighbors in the 3300 block of Lyle Avenue called police to report a woman had been forced into a vehicle at gunpoint.

Alvarado remained Thursday in the McLennan County Jail in lieu of $502,000, charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon and violation of his conditions of bond, jail records showed.

On the day of the shooting authorities had been on the lookout for two vehicles, a black dodge pickup truck and a black Chevrolet pickup truck, in connection with the reported abduction.

They got a tip early that afternoon that Alvarado and the woman were in the black truck near the storage facility.

As officers confronted Alvarado, he tried to drive the truck through a gate to escape and then began firing, authorities said.

Spillman was struck once and Alavarado was hit several times.

The 23-year-old woman, later identified as Caitlin Betsy McNamara, wasn't injured, but she was also taken to the hospital where she was checked out and later released.

McNamara has since told police she never was kidnapped.

Earlier that afternoon McLennan County Sheriff's deputies were on the campus of Bosqueville Elementary School and the school was on lockdown while authorities searched for the kidnapped woman.

The woman has children who attend the Bosqueville school and deputies were sent there in case the woman and her abductor showed up.

The school went on a light lockdown just after noon and several deputies were sent to the campus.


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