Upon arrival, police say they made contact with a store clerk who told them that a white male and a white female came into the store and that the female whispered to the clerk that she was being held against her will, that the man had a gun and told her to call police when they left.
Once the pair left the store police were notified and a witness told investigators they the pair had left in a black Ford Explorer and provided a license plate number and direction of travel.
Newport Police Department Sgt. Adam Bradley located the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 980 (Victory Boulevard) and Medallion Drive.
After a felony traffic stop, police say Hetherington was taken into custody without incident and a handgun was found inside the vehicle.
During the investigation investigators determined that the 31-year-old female was abducted from her residence in Pulaski County.
She told police that she had formerly been in a relationship with Hetherington and that he showed up at her home and forced her into his vehicle while brandishing a gun.
The NPD has contacted the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department who will be conducting an investigation.