Paris Man Arrested for Kidnapping

7-28-06 A Paris man is in custody after police say he beat up his estranged wife in public and then kidnapped her.

Police say 31-year-old Greg Beard walked into The Washateria at The Village Shopping Center in Paris Friday morning around 10:30. Witnesses say he was carrying a walking stick and went into the women's restroom where he found his estranged wife, Shawnda Beard, who had been hiding from him.

When they walked out, witnesses told police she had a black eye and appeared to have been assaulted. Then beard forced her into a car.

Police located the two in De Kalb, Texas. That's about 50 miles east of Paris where they arrested Greg Beard on assault charges. He was released a couple of weeks ago from the state penitentiary where he had been serving time for aggravated assault.