Bertram man faces aggravated kidnapping charge

Michael Cantrell


BERTRAM —Authorities arrested a 42-year-old man July 5 accused of keeping a woman against her will with threats of harm, according to Bertram police.Michael Cantrell of Bertram faces a string of charges, including aggravated kidnapping and evading arrest/detention, according to Burnet County Jail records.

Local authorities launched an investigation after an aggravated assault complaint by a Bertram area woman on June 20 in Austin, Bertram Police Chief Tracy Weems said.

A subsequent investigation prompted an arrest warrant for Cantrell on an aggravated kidnapping charge in connection with the same woman, he said.

“By threat of future aggravated assault on her or her family members, he held her against her will,” Weems said.

On the evening of July 3, officers spotted the suspect in a vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, which led to a pursuit, according to police.

“He abandoned the vehicle,” Weems said. “Witnesses saw a man running and flagged down officers in the area.”

Authorities eventually found the suspect on foot and detained him at a residence on CR 258.

“He did resist. He was Tased,” Weems said. “He requested transport to the hospital.”

Cantrell was taken to jail after he was released from Seton Highland Lakes about 48 hours later.

He remains in the Burnet County Jail with surety bonds totaling $500,000 on the aggravated kidnapping charge, $60,000 for evading arrest and detention and $10,000 for possession of a controlled substance.