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03/06/08 - Tyler

Police Arrest Suspect In Kidnapping Case

Today, during a traffic stop, the Tyler Police Department arrested Michael Travis Byrd, 28, of Tyler, on a warrant for aggravated kidnapping.

Byrd was wanted because Tanya Blasingame, 30, of Tyler, accused him of holding her against her will yesterday at Byrd's apartment. Blasingame told police that she was assaulted and threatened at gunpoint by Byrd, who prevented her from leaving his apartment. Blasingame said that earlier that night, she had met Byrd at a bar with her friend and gave him a ride home, after which the kidnapping occured.

Blasingame said she was able to leave the apartment after Byrd fell asleep.

Byrd is in the Smith County Jail. His bond has been set at $100,000.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com

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