Warrant: Suspect choked kidnapped 'Rette

Investigators detail evidence from Dec. 29 abduction

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A recently filed search warrant indicates a Kilgore College Rangerette who was kidnapped in December was taken to a Rusk County storage facility where she was bound with tape and choked until she passed out.

Nancy Alice Motes, 57, allegedly abducted Kilgore College freshman Alexa Blair at gunpoint from her Longview home Dec. 29. Longview Police officers were dispatched to the Blair residence at 6:12 p.m. Dec. 29, and Motes was arrested Dec. 30 on a charge of aggravated kidnapping. Motes was booked into the Rusk County Jail on Dec. 30 on a bond of $500,000 and released on bail later that day.

According to the search warrant for Motes’ cell phone dated Jan. 18 and filed March 20, Motes drove “for some time” after taking Blair, threw items out of the car window and removed her wig before arriving at a storage building.

“A. Blair stated that the suspect at one point had choked her and that she had passed out,” the search warrant states. “A. Blair said that when she regained consciousness the suspect was still there, but that the suspect later left the storage building.”

When Motes left, Blair was able to remove the tape binding her and then escaped from the storage building. She used a cell phone to call the Longview Police Department dispatch and give them her location.

Included in the search warrant, law enforcement officers found pieces of tape as Blair described in the storage building when conducting a separate search during the investigation.

Longview Police officer Richard Reeves, who submitted the search warrant, noted officers saw “visible injuries” to Blair’s neck and face when they located her.

The warrant details Dana Blair’s statement to officers about her daughter’s kidnapping, stating Motes arrived at the door holding a cardboard snowman poster or picture frame near her face and asked if Alexa was there. When Alexa arrived at the entrance to speak with her, Motes pulled out a gun and directed both women into another room and to kneel there.

Motes then instructed Alexa to bind her mother, who serves as director of the Rangerettes, with tape that was reportedly unlike any tape in the Blair household. Motes then asked for car keys and cell phones and allowed Alexa to put on shoes.

While Motes was with Alexa, Dana Blair managed to remove the tape and run to a neighbor who called 9-1-1. By the time Blair and the neighbor returned to the home, Motes had left with Alexa, but the neighbor spotted the teenager and Motes running near a fence separating the Blair property from a business and then a vehicle leaving the neighboring business.

“The officers have located pieces of what they believe may be a cell phone, pieces of tape similar to those described by both victims, the snowman card board frame held by the suspect at the victim’s residence and gloves,” the search warrant states.

After locating Alexa, law enforcements officers went to Motes’ Rusk County home and spoke with her and her husband.

Officers noticed a vehicle in the Motes’ garage with a license plate matching the one provided by the Blairs’ neighbor, noting in the search warrant the vehicle was still warm. Motes’ husband gave officers his wife’s cell phone and consent to search the vehicle, but noted his wife had left earlier in the evening and arrived back home 30 minutes before the officers’ arrival.

Officers received a warrant Dec. 30 from the Rusk County District Judge to search the Motes residence. The Jan. 18 warrant says officers located “plastic bags containing what appeared to be pieces of cut hair or synthetic hair” in the master bedroom of the Motes’ home and “several handguns” were located and seized. During the first visit to the Motes’ house, officers did not remove any guns found in the residence because they did not have the victim’s description of the weapon used.

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