A Louisville, Kentucky, man is in jail after police responded to a report of a woman who was possibly kidnapped being forced to drive her vehicle at gunpoint.
Ravon Tupac Tyeshawn Briggs, 22, was arrested Friday on preliminary charges of criminal confinement and possession of marijuana. He is in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond on a 72-hour hold pending further charges in the ongoing investigation, said Caitlyn Gross, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies were dispatched to Interstate 65 at about 1:21 p.m. Friday in regards to a vehicle traveling with a female who was allegedly being forced to drive her vehicle after the Clarksville Police Department contacted the Bartholomew County Emergency Operations Center about the possible kidnapping, Gross said.
Sgt. Greg Duke observed a vehicle matching the description given being operated in the interstate and later encountered the vehicle parked in the rest park near the 72-mile marker, Gross said. Duke located a male subject inside the vehicle, later identified as Briggs.
At this time, the Emergency Operations Center also received a 911 call from a resident in the nearby Northgate Addition about a female subject coming to their door requesting assistance, Gross said.
Deputy Jon Lanning responded to the Northgate Addition and discovered that the female was the alleged victim. The victim advised that she was approached by Briggs in the Clarksville area while she was cleaning out her vehicle. The victim stated that Briggs approached her and then forced her to begin driving her vehicle toward Indianapolis, Gross said.
While traveling northbound the victim stated that Briggs instructed her to stop at the rest park, Gross said. After parking the vehicle Briggs exited that vehicle, at which point the victim was able to flee the area.