Man allegedly threw estranged wife in vehicle, held her at gunpoint

Last updated: January 30. 2014 10:32AM - 2161 Views
Andy Simmons jsimmons@civitasmedia.com



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A LaGrange man was arrested Tuesday by Meriwether County Sheriff’s deputies after allegedly kidnapping a woman and holding her at gunpoint Monday.


According to a report by the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday at about 5:30 p.m. deputies responded to the 2800 block of Sewell Road in Grantville where a female victim reported that her estranged husband had allegedly forced her into his vehicle at gunpoint. The victim said she then was taken to a secluded dirt road located in the area.


“During the course of this abduction and assault the female victim was able to gain possession of the firearm and was able to escape in the vehicle,” Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith said in the report. “She was very fortunate to be able to escape during this very volatile situation.”


Smith said an investigation revealed that the suspect had taken “substantial steps to cause her grave bodily harm during this incident.” Investigators determined this from witness statements and physical evidence found at the scene.


“This young lady chose to survive this horrendous incident and to escape,” Smith said. “Her bravery is commendable. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.”


Deputies established a perimeter and searched the area following the incident. They brought in a tracking K-9 since the suspect was last seen on foot in the wooded area near the secluded dirt road.


“We brought in our tracking K-9 and had air support from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office,” Smith said. “However the suspect was able to elude capture at that time. The last known address on the suspect was in Troup County, Georgia. We had a BOLO (be on the look out) placed on this subject with all of our surrounding jurisdictions.”


The report said that deputies were able to apprehend the suspect, later identified as Nathan Baker, 29, of LaGrange on Tuesday at about 3 p.m.


“He was apprehended by our units in the northwest portion of Meriwether County,” Smith said.


Baker was being held without bond in the Meriwether County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The charges are being held under the family violence act.


“I am very appreciative of the assistance that we received from the Hogansville and Grantville police departments as well as the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office,” Smith said.

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