PANOLA COUNTY, Miss. — A Mississippi woman is safe and a man behind bars after a reported kidnapping overnight, the Panola County Sheriff’s Department told WREG.
The good Samaritan was driving down Dummy Line Road late Thursday evening when she spotted a man on the side of the road. His car had broken down so she offered him a ride.
Once inside the vehicle, she said the man took control and kidnapped her.
They drove around the area for several hours before stopping at the Raceway gas station in Batesville. The woman walked into the gas station and asked the employees to call 911.
Meanwhile, the driver took off.
Authorities with the Batesville Police Department and the Panola County Sheriff’s Department responded, chasing the suspect all the way to the area of I-55 and Highway 6 where he wrecked.
The suspect then jumped from the wreckage, got into another car and drove back to the gas station. Deputies said they noticed the suspect repeatedly driving around the area and stopped him.
That’s when the victim was able to identify the driver as her kidnapper. He was taken into custody.
Authorities have not identified the man, but Sherrill Taylor, who works at the Exxon station where he was finally caught, said she’s familiar with him.
Taylor said the man had actually been inside her store twice throughout the bizarre evening.
“He come in, he’s nice, always nice. I’ve been knowing him since school,” she said.
She said there were about 15 police officers in the store’s parking lot when the man was arrested.
“Once I got the news that they was out last night, they had the K9 dogs out, I locked my doors and I let my customers in last night as they come up,” Taylor said.