Police in Natchitoches credit a couple of concerned citizens with interrupting an alleged kidnapping in progress and possibly saving a woman’s life.
According to a statement released by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, two concerned citizens called 911 just before 10 a.m. Wednesday after seeing a man trying to drag a woman into a gray Chevy Colorado pickup truck along the side of La. Hwy 9 north of Campti.
They told police they stopped to help the woman, who was able to break free and run toward their vehicle as one of them pulled out a handgun for protection. Police say that prompted the man to flee the area.
Investigators learned that the victim had accepted a ride from her domestic partner, identified as 41-year-old Clydell Lee Jefferson Jr., to a local bank. The woman told officers they got into an argument along the way and that he allegedly shocked her with a stun gun and bound her hands with zip ties.
Police say the victim was then taken against her will out to Tauzin Island, where she was able to escape but was shocked again and the ties were tightened.
The woman told police she believed he was taking her to a remote location and that she feared for her life.
That’s when they were spotted by the concerned citizens along La. Hwy 9.
Deputies were still searching for Jefferson when he turned himseslf in around Noon at the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office. They say Jefferson confessed to the kidnapping and assault during his interview with investigators.
He was booked into the Natchtitoches Parish Detention Center, charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault. He remains held there without bond.
“Sheriff Victor Jones would like to commend the two concerned citizens who stopped to aid the victim when they recognized she needed help,” said the statement released Thursday on the case. “Domestic incidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death to women, without the swift action of these two men the outcome of this situation may have been much worse. We thank you for your actions and good job.”
Sheriff Jones also thanked the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Deputies for their assistance in the investigation.