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Carjacker sentenced to 30 years in prison for kidnapping women in North Texas

A car thief who kidnapped two women in North Texas while trying to elude law enforcement has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, federal prosecutors said in a news release.

Anthony Scott Gordon, 36, pleaded guilty in September 2022 to kidnapping, carjacking and brandishing a firearm while committing a violent crime and was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, according to the news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas.

Gordon admitted in plea papers that on Aug. 6, 2020, he walked up to a Ford F150 parked on Interstate 20 in Fort Worth with a gun in each hand, the news release said. He ran to the pickup and fired one gun toward the street while pointing the other at the driver. The driver feared for her life and got out of the vehicle. Gordon rushed away.

Four days later, Gordon entered a Richardson store through the back door and pointed a gun at an employee, the news release said. He demanded the employee’s car, which was parked outside, and the employee handed over the keys. He told her he would shoot her if she tried to call the police, get in the car and leave.

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Authorities said Gordon kidnapped another woman in late August while trying to prevent his identity from being shared with police. He hit her in the head with a gun and crushed her iPhone with his bare hand, the news release said. The next day he dragged her down the stairs and forced her into his car at gunpoint. The woman screamed and tried to fight back as he pushed her into the backseat and began driving through Dallas.

While the woman was in the car, Gordon said he had to “get out of state,” according to the news release. She convinced him to park at a motel, where she managed to escape. After she escaped, Gordon sent her a text message threatening to hurt her.

“I swear to God I hurt you a lot… I promised I would make it long and painful,” Gordon said in the text, according to the DOJ.

In early September, Gordon kidnapped another victim in an attempt to avoid arrest, authorities said.

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Gordon found his second victim when he went to Fort Worth for a drug deal, saw police and fled, the news release said. He ran into a woman’s home through the back door, grabbed her by the neck and pointed a gun at her before leading her at gunpoint to the front of the house. The woman was able to escape and escape through the front door, where police were waiting for her.

Police searched Gordon’s vehicle and found a .40-caliber handgun and a stolen 12-gauge shotgun.

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