UPDATE: Kidnapped boy found safe, father arrested

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 12:53pm

UPDATE: Fox 51 has  confirmed that the kidnapped child, Lucas Calvert, 4, has been found safe, and the father, James Calvert, 41,  has been arrested in Louisiana.

When police tried to pull the car over, Calvert took off and led police on high speed car chase. It ended shortly when Culvert turned down a road with no outlet and crashed.

Tyler Police tell us , when Louisiana police approached Culvert's car they noticed he had a pistol in his lap and a pistol in the back seat.
He would not let officers into the crashed vehicle, so they were forced to break out the window to make their arrest.

Culvert's son was in backseat strapped into a child seat and unharmed by the crash, or his father.

He is still in a Louisiana jail, but he will be back in Tyler behind bars on a 2 million dollar bond shortly, according to police.

His charges in Texas are capital murder, and kidnapping, and he now faces charges in Louisiana for evading arrest.

East Texas authorities are searching for a little boy after a fatal shooting in Tyler Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly after noon, Tyler Police Department officers were dispatched to the 3300 block of Bain Place near the intersection of Amherst Drive. When they arrived, they discovered a woman had been shot dead and Lucas Calvert, 4, of Tyler, had been possibly kidnapped by his father, James W. Calvert, 41, of Whitehouse.

                           James Calvert

The area has been blocked off as authorities investigate the scene.

Tyler Police Department has secured an arrest warrant for capital murder on James W. Calvert. The warrant was issued by Judge Jack Skeen. Bond has been set at $2 million.

A second child, 5, at Andy Woods Elementary School has been placed in Child Protective Services custody. CPS Spokeswoman Shari Pulliam says they are currently working to obtain an affidavit to remove custody rights and place them in a foster care.

Pulliam tells FOX 51 they are actively looking for Lucas Calvert alongside law enforcement.

Authorities are searching for a gray or silver 2000 Buick LeSabre with license plate DP4 G858. It is believed to be driven by the alleged abductor.

The child was last seen wearing grey sweats , a blue sweatshirt, brown sandals and has silver caps on his teeth. He is described as about 3 foot tall, weighs about 30-40 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

A 24 hour hot line has been set up at the Tyler Police Department Command Post. The number to call with information on James Calvert is 903-595-7220. If the line is busy please call the main communications line at 903-531-1000.

According to Smith County Jail records, James Calvert was arrested for aggravated assault in 2009 and violated a protective order three times between September 2009 and May 2010.

Pastor Larry Craig of Southern Oaks Baptist Church tells FOX 51 the woman was staying there while she moved to Houston.

According to the Southern Oaks Facebook page, the woman who was shot and killed is Jelena Calvert, 30, who recently remarried.

The Southern Oaks Baptist Church posted the following information onto their Facebook page.

The woman who was killed is Calvert's ex-wife, according to the Tyler Police Department. Many of you may have heard by now that Jelena Calvert has been shot and killed by her ex-husband and Lucas was taken. Emily was not taken and is in protective custody. After much prayer and lengthy discussions with the Church Staff and the Tyler Police we have decided to continue with the Fall Fest tonight for the benefit of the children of our community. Police presence will be on our block but it will appear to be traffic control which we had already put into place. We feel this is a significant outreach opportunity for our Church and we do NOT want to give Satan a victory.

The Tyler Police Department released the following photo of Jelena Radovanivic Sriraman (Calvert). The husband has been notified of her death.

                   Jelena Radovanivic Sriraman

Court documents show James Calvert has been in an ongoing custody battle for his kids with Jelena Sriraman since December 2009. The most recent court appearance was on October 26, 2012. The couple married in 2004 and divorced in 2010.

                 Scene of Calvert's listed home

According to public data, James Calvert's home address is listed as 14896 State Highway 31 East. FOX 51 is at this location along with Texas Rangers, the Tyler Police Department and the Smith Sheriff County Sheriff's Office.

Van High School was placed on lockdown this afternoon at around 2:00 p.m. until 4 p.m. Tyler PD spokesman Don Martin tells FOX 51 the suspected vehicle was reportedly spotted in the area. He also says one of Calvert's kids attends Van High School.

Andy Woods Elementary School, located near the shooting scene on Bain Place, was placed on lockdown until 3 p.m.

FOX 51 received the following statement from Tyler ISD:

Tyler ISD Police are working closely the Tyler Police Department to monitor Andy Woods Elementary School because of an incident that was recently reported in the area. At this time, all students are safe and inside the building. Police have reason to believe the suspect has fled the area. Our priority is student safety, and therefor students will remain inside the building until police determine that the area is safe. Students will be dismissed at regular time following rain dismissal procedures.


Tyler Police Department has secured an arrest warrant for Capital Murder on James W. Calvert. The warrant was issued by Judge Jack Skeen. Bond has been set at $2,000,000.00.


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