Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney confirmed the execution of an arrest warrant for a man accused of kidnapping.
Dustin Wayne Franks, of Duncan, now faces charges of kidnapping and feloniously pointing a firearm, according to On Demand Court Records. Affidavits show initial charges included the use of a firearm or other offensive weapon while committing or attempting to commit a felony, McKinney said. He was taken into custody Monday, McKinney said.
McKinney said the incident began on Feb. 6. Around 9:16 p.m. that day, deputies with the Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence out on 2394 Road for a welfare check from a concerned person who believed Franks was allegedly holding someone against their will and had fired a gun towards the victim’s head. The reporting party had an incorrect address, affidavits state, and deputies could not locate Franks or the victim.
Soon after, dispatch located a residence on 2940 Road for Franks and deputies went to the residence to make contact. When deputies arrived, they knocked on the door and announced they were with the Sheriff’s Office. Reports show they could hear a TV playing loudly but didn’t hear anything else. The victim stepped outside and told deputies the original caller must have been trying to start drama and that they were “safe and happy,” according to an affidavit.
“This is an example of battered (victims) — it really is,” McKinney said. “He had already told (the victim) to get rid of the cops whatever way (the victim) could, but we didn’t know that. (The victim) didn’t have any injuries that we could see, so we couldn’t take action then. (The victim) said (they) were fine — we hear that a lot in cases like this.”
McKinney said his team had to return the next night around 8:48 p.m. when dispatch was advised the victim wanted to make a report.
According to an affidavit, the victim was able to get away from Franks and was with friends and wanted to talk about being held at gunpoint. The victim agreed to meet with deputies at the Sheriff’s Office.
When asked to explain the situation, the victim admitted they were not fine the night before and that they were scared to say anything because “Franks had threatened to kill (them), (the victim’s) kids and (their) dog if (they) went to police.” The victim also told police Franks allegedly made them get rid of the police the night before “no matter what it took.”
The victim detailed for those working the case events from Feb. 3 when Franks held a gun to their head and forced them to go with him in his truck. The victim also told deputies he had allegedly fired a round in the direction of their head and stated they “felt the air and heard the bullet as it went by (their) head.” The bullet, according to reports, struck mini-blinds and went through a window.
“It’s sad that we see this domestic type stuff all the time,” McKinney said. “These poor women, the victims — and it doesn’t necessary mean it is a woman, a man can be a victim too, but predominately it is women victims — you know they’re so intimidated and so scared and don’t know what to do even with the police being there … This is a good example of somebody who could have been killed.”
Kidnapping is punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years.
Franks is held on a bond of $200,000. He is due in court for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. March 25.