File photo The Allsup’s store where the girl was found.
By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer
The wife of a Canyon, Texas, man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl and dropping her off in Clovis played an integral part in her husband’s arrest.
Terrance Lynn McGuire, 27, was arrested without incident at 8:30 a.m. Friday at his home in Canyon after his wife assisted federal agents in a two-month investigation, according to a press release from the FBI.
Bob Troester with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oklahoma declined to comment further on the case.
McGuire is charged in federal court with kidnapping the girl in 2007 from a park near her home in Texhoma, Okla., where she was going door-to-door for a fundraiser.
McGuire took her to Texas, then New Mexico and he, “held her (against her will) for his sexual gratification,” though he denied raping the girl, according to court records.
The child was recovered in Clovis the day after she was abducted.
Records show McGuire told his wife he chose to go to Clovis from west Texas, “because bad things happen there.”
Here’s what happened, according to court records:
McGuire said he drove the girl to an Allsup’s convenience store on Mabry Drive, where he thought she would be safe. He gave her a note with the phone number for the Texhoma police chief and money for a phone call, then sent her into the store.
A clerk at the store told police the child walked in carrying a bicycle helmet, cup of soda from Dairy Queen and money and asked to use the phone.
“I never thought about (killing the girl),” he told his wife in a phone call recorded by agents, explaining why he let the child go in Clovis.
“I told myself that the only way I can be sure something wouldn’t happen to me is if I did that, and that wasn’t worth it. … I had already committed enough problems for me to have to face God with. … I wasn’t willing to take someone else’s life so I would stay out of trouble.”
McGuire’s wife contacted investigators in June and told them she and Terrance McGuire were separated and divorcing. She said she was afraid to come forward with what she knew until they separated because she feared what he would do.
She said his mother also knew about the kidnapping.
In a series of recorded telephone conversations, Lacie McGuire coaxed Terrance McGuire into talking to her about the kidnapping.
In one of the recorded conversations, McGuire, who sold and maintained weight scales for customers in the agriculture business, told her he had been awake 50 hours at the time of the kidnapping.
“I can’t stop thinking about the little girl. I don’t know why I did it,” the affidavit quoted the recording.
“You do stupid things when you’re tired.”
McGuire said after he lured the child into his car under the guise of getting directions, he began driving out of town, taking back roads to Sunray, Texas.
A few miles outside of Texhoma, McGuire said he stopped to do, “what he was going to attempt to do,” to the child, confirming when his wife asked that he had intended to have sex with her.
McGuire said he led the child to, “fear she wasn’t going to go back home,” but denied ever threatening the child with a knife as reported by police.
“…The things that happened that night seemed like they took 30 minutes, but all of a sudden, it was the next morning,” the affidavit quoted McGuire.
“I can’t take it back. I pray for her and I’ve had to sleep with this on my conscience for two years. I did this two years ago and I can’t fix the situation,” the affidavit quoted McGuire.