Charges dropped against man arrested in kidnapping of UT student

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Editor’s Note: Austin police have since said the UT student lied to them, and charges were dropped against White. The “victim” now faces making a false report and perjury charges. Updates on that story can be found here

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The UT student had just hopped off his bus and was heading home to his east Austin apartment when a car pulled up next to him. The men inside asked for directions. What they really wanted, according to an arrest affidavit, was to rob him.

One of the men, Dennis Ray Shawn Mycel White (who also goes by Terrance Aundre Blackwell Jr.) was taken into custody on Monday, facing a kidnapping charge for the events that unfolded Nov. 7 at 1301 Crossing Place.

“I was pretty nervous, pretty scared,” the student told KXAN earlier this week. We’re not releasing his name for safety reasons. 

White was driving the tan-colored four-door sedan and there was another man in the passenger seat, according to an affidavit. They asked for directions to an apartment complex. The victim told them where to go. White said he didn’t understand, and asked the victim to get inside and show them. He did.

They began to drive, and that’s when White told the victim they weren’t going to the apartment after all, the affidavit said.

“I have a gun, so come!” White said, according to the affidavit. They drove to two ATMs and made the victim withdraw cash. Then, they went to a bank.

They went inside, and under the watchful eye of White, the victim took out $3,000 from his account, the affidavit said.

They drove to the 2400 block of Riverside drive, where the victim said White told him to get out. The victim was scared. He said White then pulled him out, and left him there as he and the other man drove off.

Police caught up to White Monday, when they pulled over his car for a traffic stop. According to court records, White is out of custody and was released by a court order. It’s not known if the other man has been arrested.

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