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Houston man skips kidnapping trial

Last Modified: Thursday, November 07, 2013 10:10 AM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A Houston man expected to stand trial this week on kidnapping charges left court Tuesday and did not return.

Judge Ron Ware issued a bench warrant for Kendal Tremayne Runnels, 34, and ordered his bond revoked, according to a deputy clerk of court.

Runnels left the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $70,000 bond on Feb. 8.

Authorities said Runnels held his girlfriend’s children, 6 and 7 years old, hostage for 3 1/2 hours at her home on McNabb Street in August 2012.

Runnels was in court on Monday, showed up late Tuesday, around 3 p.m., then left again, the deputy clerk said.

Runnels’ defense attorney and the District Attorney’s Office declined to comment.

After an argument with his girlfriend, Runnels fired a gun once outside the house and once inside the house, then took the children hostage when the woman went to call the police, authorities said.

Authorities said the situation ended peacefully when Runnels released the children, then came out of the home himself.

Posted By: robert johnson On: 11/16/2013

Title: know what your talking about first

I hate it when people think they know whats going on. All your doing is reading the paper learn the truth before you judge lonely women

Posted By: Ms. Danielle On: 11/11/2013


God is not sleep, when you cause harm to others for no apparent reason, you must pay the price. You fired a gun like a man, held two kids hostage, possibly affecting their future mind frame in a negative way, Now you're running like a punk? Who does that, be a man and face justice, then maybe after the many, many years of being incarcerated you MIGHT come out a decent person. Please save people from this devilish guy!

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