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Girl Freed, Five Arrested At End of High Speed Chase

January 13, 1985 GMT

DALLAS (AP) _ A 12-year-old girl kidnapped on Friday was rescued Sunday and five people arrested after a gunfire-punctuated, 100-mph car chase across East Texas that began when a ransom payoff went awry, the FBI said.

Amy McNeil, the daughter of banker Don McNeil of Alvarado, was freed unharmed after the 10- to 15-mile chase and gun battle, said Tom Kelly, head of the Dallas FBI office.

Four men and a woman were arrested, Kelly said, adding that two of the men were wounded and taken to Franklin County Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

Amy had been kidnapped Friday morning as she walked to school. McNeil was on Interstate 30 northeast of Dallas in an attempt to comply with a ransom demand when his car became disabled, Kelly said. A car approached in a ″suspicious″ manner, then sped away, he said.

FBI agents and Texas Department of Public Safety officers gave chase at speeds up to 100 mph until the car was disabled, he said. The five people who were arrested were in the car, along with the girl.

A police officer who spoke on condition he not be identified said the kidnappers had demanded $100,000, but Kelly declined to confirm that.

Alvarado is about 30 miles south of Fort Worth.

Area news media had agreed to honor a blackout on the kidnapping until the girl was safely returned.