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Authorities release more information after 3 East Texans arrested following alleged kidnapping, assault

The SWAT team and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office had a high risk arrest warrant and search warrant before arresting the suspects.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas — The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) has released more information on a SWAT situation that led to the arrest of three people for an alleged assault and kidnapping that occurred on Greenville St. in Wells.

According to the CCSO, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, officials met with two adult victims at the Wells Police Department (WPD) who reported they had been forcibly held captive at their residence the previous night.

The CCSO says Wesley Wade Wallace, 38, and Alice Marie Hayes, 30, forced their way into the victims' residence by holding them at gunpoint.  

"Once inside the residence, Wallace and Hayes threatened the lives of the victims if they tried to escape or notify law enforcement," the CCSO said in a statement. "It was further reported that Wallace and Hayes terrorized the victims throughout the night with firearms and knives. The victims were able to flee from the location when Wallace and Hayes fell asleep. Once leaving the scene the victims arrived at the Wells Police Department to inform them of the incident."

After talking with the victims and gathering more information, the CCSO began their investigation and obtained a search warrant for the residence. Warrants for aggravated kidnapping were also issued for the arrest of Wallace and Hayes.

Around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24,  the CCSO, Cherokee County Regional SWAT Team and the WPD executed the search warrant at the residence.  During the execution of the search warrant numerous items of evidence were collected.  

Wallace and Hayes were arrested at the scene on the charge of aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon.

Chad Joseph Campbell, 42, was also taken into custody on a warrant from another law enforcement agency.  year old white male – Felony warrant out of another agency.

The search warrant and arrest warrants were issued by Judge Chris Day, 2nd Judicial District Court, Cherokee County, Texas.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

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