Burnet standoff results in aggravated kidnapping charge

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Erik Scobie

Erik Scobie

BURNET — Authorities took a Burnet man into custody Aug. 22 after a day-long standoff at a residence where investigators say the suspect held his estranged girlfriend against her will, according to the Burnet Police Department.

Burnet police arrived at the house on Julie Street about 10:30 a.m. to follow up on a welfare concern, the report stated.

The case unfolded when a woman answered the door, Chief Paul Nelson said.

“Based on her behavior, her comments, we felt like there was someone in there who was keeping her from leaving,” Nelson said. “We finally convinced her to step outside.

“Once outside, she told us she was being held against her will. She said if she went back inside, he would kill her,” he added. “From the evidence we gathered, we felt like while she was in the house, she was kept against her will.”

Shortly thereafter, police evacuated at least three houses.

“He barricaded himself inside the residence,” Nelson said. “We closed down the streets to keep through traffic away.”

The suspect was identified as 40-year-old Erik Scobie of Burnet.

A Texas Department of Public Safety special response team arrived, used tear gas and utilized a robot for surveillance inside the house.

At about 6 p.m., the special response team entered the residence, subdued Scobie and took him into custody.

As of Aug. 24, he remained in the Burnet County Jail charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony.

He is being held on a $250,000 surety bond, according to jail records.

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