MOUNT PLEASANT, TEXAS — Ronald Keith Crosby, 43, Durant, was taken into custody without incident by Mount Pleasant Police Tactical patrol and investigative officers Tuesday, Nov. 28. Crosby was a fugitive from justice sought by Ada police and Johnston County law enforcement, wanted on kidnapping, third degree felony charges of assault and battery with intent to kill and a felony charge of intimidation of a witness.

Crosby allegedly kidnapped Kimberly Kaniatobe, 36, Ada, from her apartment on West 8th in October, beat her and took her to a softball field at Mill Creek in Johnston County where he reportedly planned to kill her. Ada Police Detective Shane Jones requested help from the public in locating Crosby through the Crime Stoppers program.

Agents from the United States Marshal’s office in Oklahoma contacted Mount Pleasant Police with a possible location for Crosby in that city. Two teams of police found Crosby at a house in the 1200 block of Hubbard Street, took him into custody, and are holding him at the Titus County Jail without bond.

Kaniatobe told investigators she had been dragged out of her apartment on West 8th by Crosby and flung down the stairs to her van parked outside. Crosby is accused of beating Kaniatobe while forcing her into the van. Kaniatobe told officers, “He told me not to even think of getting out or he’d kill me here instead of at Mill Creek.” It is unknown at this time why Kaniatobe was taken to the softball field. Once they arrived at the site, Kaniatobe alleges Crosby told her to get out of her van, and she was able to escape. She said she then hid in the woods until he left in the van without her. Just before daylight, Kaniatobe said she found a nearby store where lights were on.

The store clerk called law enforcement. Kaniatobe was taken to a hospital in Johnston County and then transported to a hospital in Sherman, Texas, where she spent several days in ICU. Kaniatobe’s broken jaw was wired shut and she suffered from broken occipital bones around her eye, according to Det. Jones.

“Kaniatobe told us Crosby was upset that he might do time in prison for charges filed against him in July for domestic abuse,” Jones Said. In May, Crosby allegedly assaulted Kaniatobe in Bryan County. Kaniatobe’s van was found abandoned near Durant at Joe’s Bar.

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