TALLAHASSEE, FL. (March 13, 2020) — According to an online news report published on WCTV.TV, the Tallahassee Police Department announces that their department has arrested a man in connection to an attempted kidnapping. The Tallahassee Police Department stated that the 45-year-old suspect made the attempt at kidnapping a woman in a parking lot of a shopping center located off of Thomasville Road.
Both witnesses to the crime and the victim herself explained to police that at approximately 8 a.m. in the morning, the victim was leaving a business and returning to her automobile, when the 45-year-old man jumped out of a parked van and grabbed the victim. The victim fought off the suspect and he stop trying to abduct her. The suspect then stole her purse and drove off in the van according to Tallahassee Police.
Witnesses of the crime provided the Tallahassee Police with a complete description of the suspect, a description of the van, the license plate number of the van, and the direction in which the suspect was heading. Tallahassee Police Department ran the license plate number and the registration of the van was a business located in in Thomasville, Georgia. Police investigators used the information provided by the witnesses and the victim to develop a suspect in the attempted kidnapping. The online news article provide the name of the suspect in the case.
According to the Tallahassee Police, the suspect attempted to use the cash he was able to steal from the woman during the attempted kidnapping of the victim. The suspect was attempting to bail out his girlfriend from jail. At that time, the suspect was detained and the Tallahassee Police Crime Investigators assigned to this case drove to Thomasville, Georgia to interview the suspect.
The suspect is currently being held in a Thomasville jail until the Tallahassee Police Department is able to obtain the legal authority to extradite the suspect back to Leon County, Florida.
Florida Kidnapping Laws, Penalties and Punishments
According to Section 787.01 of the Florida Statutes, the term “kidnapping” as been defined as using a threat of force, force or acted secretly to abduct, imprison, or confine someone else and against the individual´s will. According to Florida´s criminal law, kidnapping is a felony of the first-degree and is punishable by life in jail. The term “kidnapping” is commonly thought of a crime against children. However, the crime of kidnapping covers persons of all ages. In fact, Florida Statute Section 787 covers all types of kidnapping including but not limited to human trafficking.
In Florida, if other crimes are committed during a kidnapping, additional enhanced penalties could be charged to the suspect. For example, if the kidnapping also involved a serious felony such as sexual battery on a child under 13, child abuse, or lewd / lascivious battery on a minor under the age of 13, the defendant could be facing additional fines and prison time. Statistic show that most kidnapping crimes are committed by individuals the victim knows personally.