Ex-neighbor allegedly led kidnapping of member of Texas corn dog family
Adolfo Chavez, 39, had once lived next door to the Fletcher family and sold them a home, said Texas Ranger Tracy Murphree, who assisted Double Oak police in apprehending the suspects,
Chavez, 39, of Dallas; Candelario Romero, 44, of Justin; and Porras Placido, 37, of Irving were being held Wednesday at the Denton County Jail charged with aggravated kidnapping for ransom or reward, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.
Bond was set at $200,000 for Chavez and at $250,000 each for Placido and Romero, according to jail records.
The ordeal began just before 9 a.m. Monday when Amber Fletcher, who had spent the night at her parents' house, returned to her home.
"She was going back home to get some clothes, and two suspects were waiting for her,"
The kidnappers directed the family to bring them the money and officers agreed to let the mother do it, Murphree said.
He added that sheriff's narcotics officers had the "drop" under surveillance, and that's when they nabbed Chavez near an intersection and he told them where to find Amber Fletcher.
Officers found the woman and two other suspects in a pickup parked at a store several miles from the Fletcher homes.
The Fletcher family faced another ordeal Tuesday the funeral of their son. Neil "Dutch" Fletcher III, 50, died Saturday from a long illness, according to an obituary in The Dallas Morning News.