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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • NPD catches kidnapper

  • A Pulaski County woman is unharmed after being kidnapped by 26-year-old Timothy Hetherington, Newport, at her home.
    According to Lt. Patrick Weatherford, Newport Police Department, on August 26, at about 2 a.m. Newport Police were sent to the Exxon Travel Center, located on Airbase Road, to investigate a kidnapping.
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  • 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.
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