Hero Dallas Couple Rewarded For Help Apprehending Dangerous Fugitive
When Kenyatta and Briana Jordan provided tips and acted heroically to help Dallas police apprehend one of Texas’ most wanted fugitives, they must have been expecting to get the promised reward for their actions.
However, North Texas Crime Stoppers —who promised a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the Fugitive’s arrest— informed the couple that they were not eligible to receive the money because they reported their tip to 911 instead of Crime Stoppers.
The couple’s reward soon came when Cliff Freeman, who appreciated their bravery, handed them a $5,000 check.
“I know you guys have been through a lot. I saw your story that Lori did on channel 4, and it just touched my heart,” Freeman said as he handed them the check. “What you guys did, put yourselves at risk and took a bad guy off the street — you are my heroes for that,”
Freeman said he cried tears of joy when he first saw the couple’s story.
The couple, parents of six children, helped police arrest 41-year-old Leonard Neal. Police said Neal abducted a nine-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl.
“That could have been our oldest two kids,” Briana said.
The suspect would later release the boy but hold on to the guy for up to 12 hours. Police added that Neal allegedly assaulted the girl before letting her go.
Lamar Leonard Neal
Anyone with information on the wanted person’s whereabouts should contact Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).
DO NOT take any police action. pic.twitter.com/JrjMeaHOeM
— Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) June 28, 2023
When the Jordans saw news of Neal’s crime and his description, they memorized his features in case they ever saw him.
“The crime he had committed, I really wasn’t going to forget his face. So when I seen him, I knew who he was,” Kenyatta told a reporter.
New on @FOX4 at 9: A husband & wife tell me they spotted wanted fugitive Leonard Neal at a Red Bird bus stop and called 911.
Police closed in and captured Neal. He was wanted for abducting two children in Oak Cliff last month. pic.twitter.com/zdTBCj6BY3
— Blake Hanson (@BlakeFox4News) July 8, 2023
The couple were coming home from lunch when they spotted the suspect entering a bus on July 7. The couple also followed the bus and reported its movement to law enforcement before police arrived.
When police arrived at the scene, the suspect tried to escape before slitting his own throat.
“He tried to escape you can see his foot hanging out the back door. He tried slitting his throat. No shooting. We’re the ones who called the police on him,” Briana explained in a July 7 social media post.