A Bellmead man was arrested after Robinson police were called to investigate a disturbance between two men that led to an alleged kidnapping outside a Robinson business Wednesday evening, Robinson Police Chief Phillip Prasifka said.

Carlus Robertson, 24, was arrested after police were called to Marineland Boating Center on South Loop 340. A witness was able to give a license plate number and description of a car involved, and a police check revealed the car had been reported stolen out of Waco, Prasifka said.

The witness told police one man was yelling that he was kidnapped and was asking for help, he said. As police were driving to the business, the car and both men left the area.

Officers nearby spotted the suspect car traveling at a high rate of speed on Loop 340 and were able to make a traffic stop, Prasifka said. Robertson was driving, he said.

Prasifka said Robertson had forced his passenger, a 37-year-old man, into the car. Robertson threatened to run the man over, would not let him get out of the car for several miles and took his cellphone when he tried to call authorities for help, Prasifka said.

Police arrested Robertson on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated kidnapping, a state jail felony charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and two Class A misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and interference with an emergency request for help.

Robertson was taken to McLennan County Jail late Wednesday evening. He remained in custody Thursday afternoon. No bond was immediately listed.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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