2 Bossier City men arrested for kidnapping

Bossier City Police Department
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 2:22pm

Bossier City police have arrested two men, including a bail enforcement agent for illegally detaining a man.

Bearl Lee Henry Jr., 32, and Sampson Cawthorn, 68, both of Shreveport, were arrested on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment while offender is armed with a dangerous weapon and false personation in connection with an incident that occurred last month.

Henry, a licensed bail enforcement agent, and Cawthorndetained and handcuffed Robert Keith Short, 29, at approximately 4 a.m., on May 23, 2013, outside a house in the 4000 block of Maple Street in Bossier City while working on behalf of Cawthorn Bail Bonds of Shreveport which is operated by Cawthorn’s wife.

Henry and Cawthornthen drove Short to Shreveport and kept him handcuffed in the back seat of their vehicle for approximately five hours while waiting for a bank to open so that the Short could withdraw money. The suspects were attempting to collect money from Short related to bondinghim out of the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Facility in March.An investigation found Henry was armed and Cawthornkept a weapon inside the vehicle while the two detained Short. Henry and Cawthorn then released Short after getting the money.

Detectives took Henry and Cawthorninto custody after obtaining warrants for their arrest following a two week investigation and consulting with the Bossier District Attorney’s Office about the case. Both were booked into the Bossier City Jail and later transferred to the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Facility.

Their total bond is set at $103,500 each.


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