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Deputies Catch Man Who Bolted From Local Child Support Court

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

Rodney Dwayne Kuykendall (Jail photo)

Rodney Dwayne Kuykendall (Jail photo)

WACO (December 13, 2013) McLennan County Sheriff's deputies chased down a man who bolted from a child support court Thursday morning as he was about to be arrested for nonpayment.

McLennan County Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said Rodney Dwayne Kuykendall appeared Thursday in the court and was remanded into custody for nonpayment.

Kuykendall, 30, was able to wrest himself free as the court officer, who is a retired Department of Public Safety trooper, was trying to handcuff him.

He ran from the courtroom, and outside of the court building in the 700 block of Washington Avenue, and then headed south toward Clay Avenue.

Cawthon said deputies swarmed the area to search for the man, but there was some initial confusion because a dispatcher first said the man had fled from the federal courthouse at South 8th and Franklin.

Cawthon said he got on the radio and told responding officers the correct location and within a few minutes the man was spotted at South 11th and Clay, where Kuykendall was getting into a blue minivan driven by a woman.

Cawthon said he used his patrol car to block the van in and other officers arrested both Kuykendall and Elizabeth Salazar, the driver.

Kuykendall was ordered held on a $5,750 bond charged with escape and contempt of court for failing to pay his ordered child support, online jail records showed Friday morning.

Salazar was booked into the jail Thursday afternoon charged with hindering apprehension and theft by check but was released on a personal recognizance bond that day, jail records showed.

No one was injured in the incident.

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