Affidavit: Kilgore man's kidnapping of 4 ends with gun fired, wrestled away

Published: Jul. 3, 2018 at 11:38 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2018 at 5:26 PM CDT
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KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - Kilgore police have arrested a man accused of breaking into a home and holding four people at gunpoint and telling them he would kill them all before the gun was wrestled away from him after an approximate two-hour standoff.

Travis Lee Watkins, 26, of Kilgore, is charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault. He is being held on a collective bond of $150,000.

According to an arrest affidavit, police responded to the 900 block of Highland Drive on June 30. They met with the homeowner and three women. The resident of the home said the four of them arrived at the home around 2:30 a.m. and that one of the women had seen Watkins standing outside the home. She and Watkins had been separated and she was scared of him but nobody else had seen him except her.

The resident said another of the women saw Watkins outside several minutes later so he and that woman went out to see if he was really there.

The resident said they found Watkins hiding in the shrubbery and Watkins came out holding a pistol. Watkins told them to get inside the home. The woman walked in front, with the resident behind her and Watkins pointing the gun at the back of his head, according to the affidavit.

The woman was first inside the home and she was able to close the door and lock it, leaving the resident and Watkins alone outside. The affidavit states Watkins began banging on the door and said he would shoot the resident if they didn't unlock the door. Someone then unlocked the door and Watkins pushed the resident through the door, which knocked his ex to the floor. Watkins then locked the door, according to the affidavit.

Watkins then held all four at gunpoint and said he was there to kill them all, according to the affidavit. He told the resident that he did like him but he was going to have to kill him anyway, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states Watkins would hit his ex with the gun and his fist and pick her up by the hair and continue to explain that he was going to kill them all. At some point, the ex's earrings were yanked out of her ears. The resident said this went on for a long time. Watkins told them "to make peace with their God because he was going to kill them and where they were sitting would be the last place for them on earth," according to the affidavit.

The resident said Watkins would get more angry and it was obvious he was going to deliver on his threat. The resident said there was a moment where he felt he needed to do something so he jumped on Watkins and the wrestled inside the home. At some point, Watkins pulled the trigger on the gun and a round struck the wall. The resident was able to get the gun away and tell Watkins to get out. The affidavit states Watkins said he would be back to kill them all and then ran away. The resident then hid the gun in a closet and called 911.

Rusk County Jail records show Watkins was arrested on Sunday.

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