UPDATE: The mother and child who were kidnapped by an “armed and dangerous man” were found safe on Thursday, according to the Lufkin Police Department. The 17-year-old victim remains in the ICU.
Officials earlier considered activating an Amber Alert for Brandi Michelle Davis, 47, and her 8-year-old son Jordan Davis.
“The mother and son at the center of the Amber Alert have been found safe. Around 3:00 p.m. today they showed up at a Dallas area police department. They are with law-enforcement there. They are safe and they are unharmed,” said Jessica Pebsworth, the Communications Director for the Lufkin Police Department.
James Earl Cruse, 35, of Dallas, is a suspect. He is still at large in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Davis told detectives that before the alleged kidnapping occurred, she and her younger son got in the vehicle and attempted to leave, but Cruse stood in front of the vehicle with the same pistol he used to beat her older son and told her she wasn’t going anywhere. She said he then got in the driver’s seat, forcing her into the passenger’s seat.
Police say after driving around in the Angelina County area, Cruse told Davis that he needed to get home to Dallas. When they reached south Dallas, Cruse stopped the vehicle. Davis said that he reportedly told her he was “home” and after he got out of the vehicle, she drove away.
Brandi called Lufkin police detectives and told them she was able to drive away after Cruse, who had been driving, made a stop to get gas in the Dallas area.
Lufkin police detectives met Davis at a north Dallas police department Thursday afternoon to take her statement.
Davis told detectives that she had been dating Cruse for about three months. She said that the two got into an argument around 6 a.m. Thursday at her home in the 400 block of Cousart Street. Davis said she believes her 17-year-old son, Caleb Blake, woke up to the sound of Cruse hitting her glass vanity and then came in to check on her and attempted to intervene.
Blake was going to a neighbor’s home to call for help when Cruse allegedly attacked him in the street. Davis said that Cruse struck Blake in the head with the butt of a pistol. During this attack, the pistol went off which got the attention of a neighbor that witnessed part of the attack and called 911, according to officials. The neighbors thought that Blake had been shot since he was bleeding from his head.
According to a release, Blake then borrowed a neighbor’s truck and went to a friend’s home. The friend took him to a local hospital where his condition declined to critical by late morning.
Blake made it through surgery to stop a severe brain bleed, but he remains in the intensive care unit, according to his mother Brandi Davis. He was flown to a hospital out of town and is still in critical condition.
Cruse drove away with Brandi and her son in a Buick Regal, according to witnesses.
Dallas-area law enforcement agencies are continuing to search for Cruse. His last known location was near Oak Cliff.
DFW police are still searching for Cruse. He is described as a Black male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5’9”, weighs 189 lbs. and has several tattoos such as drama masks on either side of his neck.
“If you see him, do not approach him. He’s considered armed and dangerous. Call 911 immediately,” said Pebsworth.
Detectives and family members were not able to get in contact with Brandi in the morning, so they believed Cruse had taken the woman and her 8-year-old son against their will.
Cruse has a lengthy criminal history with charges including injury to a child, arson, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and evading arrest. He was sentenced to four years in prison on the injury to a child charged in 2017. This sentence expired in April 2021.
Officials are still investigating this incident.
LUFKIN, Texas (KETK) The Lufkin Police Department is requesting an Amber Alert for the entire state of Texas for a missing woman and her son that were allegedly kidnapped by the woman’s boyfriend.
According to the department, James Cruse, 35, of Lufkin, critically injured the woman’s 17-year-old son, and is believed to be in the Dallas or Fort Worth area.
The mother has been identified as Brandi Davis, 47 and the child is Jordan Davis, 8, both of Lufkin.
Cruse is described as:
- a Black male
- 189 pounds
- black hair
- brown eyes
- has neck tattoos
Police consider him armed and dangerous and advise that if you spot him to call 911 immediately and do not approach him.
Cruise is believed to be in a black 2017 Buick Regal with the license plate below: