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Ex-Llano County dispatcher charged with hindering arrest of her son

KATHY OSBOURN and KALEB OSBOURN

KATHY OSBOURN and KALEB OSBOURN

FROM STAFF REPORTS

LLANO — Authorities looking for a suspect wanted for a parole violation arrested the man’s mother, a former Llano County dispatcher, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Kathy Osbourn, 62, of Llano turned herself into authorities Aug. 6 after investigators issued a warrant for her arrest on a charge of hindering apprehension and prosecution of a known felon, a third-degree felony.

The case stemmed from two attempts — the most recent on Aug. 3 — by Llano County sheriff’s deputies along with other agencies to find and arrest her son, 32-year-old Kaleb Osbourn, on a ranch in north central Llano County, the report stated.

Kaleb Osbourn is on parole after serving prison time on a felony drug-related charge.

Kathy Osbourn, who worked for the LCSO for 12 years, lives on the property where the search occurred and had been on leave from the sheriff’s office for several weeks for an unrelated issue.

She was booked into the Llano County Jail and bonded out on the same day.

“Her employment was terminated. We’re still investigating her case and still attempting to locate and arrest Kaleb Osbourn,” said Llano County Chief Deputy John Neff. “It hits close to home because she’s actually been a very good employee of ours for a very long time, but we have to maintain the integrity of our office.”

Investigators blamed Kathy Osbourn for the most recent struggle to take her son into custody.

“Her actions hindered the apprehension or arrest of Kaleb Osbourn. That’s the premise of her arrest,” Neff said. “Had it not been for her actions on that particular day, we believe he would have been caught.”

Other challenges law enforcement faced involved the terrain of the ranch, where they conducted two searches in the past three weeks.

“When law enforcement went out there to serve the warrants, he disappeared. It’s heavily wooded pasture land,” Neff said. “We don’t know if he’s armed, but we believe that he could be dangerous, that he’s desperate.”

The suspect is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall and 160-170 pounds with dark hair and blue eyes.

To offer information, call the Llano County Sheriff’s Office at (325) 247-5050.

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