W.F.P.D. Continues Search For Kidnapping Suspect - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

W.F.P.D. Continues Search For Kidnapping Suspect

The Wichita Falls Police Department is still looking for a man who kidnapped a woman from her home Monday morning.
Police identify 51-year-old James Donald Kriedler as the suspect. 

Kriedler took a woman police have not identified from her apartment at the Wellington on the Lake apartment complex after 8:15 a.m.

Police said Kriedler took the woman to Archer County and then later returned to Wichita County, where the woman managed to escape.

She was then transported to a hospital. Police have not disclosed her name, age or if she was injured. All authorities have said is that the suspect and the victim know one another. 

Police said they found the vehicle the suspect was driving in Wichita Falls near the Archer County line on Highway 281.

It was a Silver Nissan Sentra covered in yellow shoe polish writing, a graduation tassel hanging from the rear-view mirror and a pink car-seat in the back seat. 

Police said the suspect fled the vehicle on foot and could be armed and dangerous.

Following the initial investigation by W.F.P.D., an anonymous tip that the suspect may have made a stop led police to a home in the 2300 block of Tenth Street in Wichita Falls.

Police said they obtained two search warrants to search the home, one for Aggravated Assault and the other for Aggravated Kidnapping. 

"We had a judge sign a search warrant for the residence, due to the nature of the suspect and the belief that he may be armed. SWAT came out and cleared the residence. Kriedler was not located, but now the home has been turned over to detectives to process the scene for evidence," said Brandi Bandi, Public Information Officer for the Wichita Police Department. 

Officials believe evidence obtained from the home may lead them to answers to find James Donald Kriedler.

While police did not reveal what evidence they obtained from the home, we do know they spoke with someone at the home. 

We also know multiple agencies have been involved in this investigation.  

Newschannel 6 also looked into Kriedler's criminal background and found he has a lengthy record.

In 2012, he was arrested for Obstruction or Retaliation, a Felony - Third Degree. He was sentenced to 10-years in prison, but later that same year his sentence was modified to 10-years probation, allowing him to be on the streets today.

Stay with Newschannel 6 as we continue to follow this developing story. 

Police said if you know any information about Kriedler's whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at (940) 322-9888.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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