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Sheriff: Abducted Woman Purposely Wrecks SUV, Jumps Out Bloody & Naked

Good Samaritans offered to take the woman to the police department, but she implored them to take her back home, fearing the suspect would return and harm her baby.
BATESVILLE, AR -- A woman was airlifted to a Little Rock hospital with serious injuries after investigators say a man went on a bit of a crime spree in Independence County.

According to the Independence County Sheriff's Office (ICSO), deputies responded to a vehicle accident Sunday night where the driver and a passenger had already fled the scene.

Witnesses told deputies that after the accident, the driver forced a minor to drive him away from the scene on an ATV, while the passenger ran away on foot, ICSO says.

Investigation later revealed that the man involved in the first accident, later identified as 25-year-old Jeremiah Childers, then went to a nearby house saying he'd been in an accident. A woman answered the door and said she couldn't help, but Childers reportedly forced his way in, assaulted her, tore her clothes off, then forced her into her SUV with him.

ICSO says while Childers was driving, the victim grabbed the steering wheel and turned it into an oncoming car, causing another accident. Witnesses later told detectives that the woman then jumped out of the SUV naked and bloody, saying she'd been abducted and needed to get home to her baby.

Good Samaritans offered to take the woman to the police department, but she implored them to take her back home, fearing the suspect would return and harm her baby.

The woman was later airlifted to a Little Rock hospital with serious injuries, according to ICSO.

After finding the woman's SUV in a ditch, multiple agencies assisting in the search were able to narrow down Childers' whereabouts, and as an Arkansas State Police helicopter hovered over his suspected location, Childers came out and surrendered, according to ICSO.

The Sheriff says the suspect remains in custody, and could face charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted rape.
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