Barbour Co. Authorities in Search of Kidnap and Alleged Rape Suspect

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Authorities in Barbour County say a 28-year-old victim stopped for gas Friday evening, and that's where she was kidnapped and allegedly raped.

It’s a normal day for Jennifer Utley, manager at U.S.A. Gas Station in Barbour County, which is why the news about Friday’s incident was a shock.

"Nothing like this happens here, nothing,” Utley said. “It's pretty usually, pretty quiet; we've had things in the past, but nothing that major."

Authorities in Barbour County say around 7PM Friday night, the victim was visiting the area and stopped for gas.

"After she pumped her gas, apparently she had turned her back on her car for a few minutes; when she got back into the car, started to leave, the suspect appeared from the backseat, stuck a screwdriver to her, and threatened to kill her," Utley continued.

Officials say the suspect then told the victim to drive to an isolated area and allegedly raped her.

He then told her to drive him to Headland where the victim says the suspect jumped out of the car.

Chief Deputy Eddie Ingram, with the Barbour Co. Sheriff's Office said, "The 28-year-old victim has given us a name of the suspect, [who] she thinks it is and right now, the investigation is under way."

Ingram says incidents like Fridays are a good reminder for all to be aware of their surroundings. "We want to urge all people, not just young females, older females, but families in general to be careful because everybody knows that it’s tourist time, it’s spring break time, a lot of traffic coming through here, all the crooks know that a lot of these people, especially those from out of town will not be able to identify them," he concluded.

That’s advice Utley and many others will now be taking.

A few other tips to keep you safe: keep your doors locked at all times, even if you just go into the store for a moment, and also try to fill up in the day if possible.

Authorities have a lead and hope to have the suspect in custody within the next few days.


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  • by carol long Location: ariton alabama on Apr 16, 2008 at 10:27 PM
    Thank you for articles like this, as bad as they are, this is a GOOD reminder to keep yours eyes open and on your surroundings, I drive alot and cover a large territory with the company I work with, I also have a lot of home health and hospice nurses that are friends of mine and we do get too use to our territory and forget that their are some bad people out there. Even in the days we are living in now. Its easy to get too comfortable and think things like this don't happen, and wont happen to you. Thanks for the reminder.
  • by Kaye Location: Dale County on Apr 15, 2008 at 07:40 AM
    I have comment concerning the Dhr and CAC of Alabama. These places need to further their investigation when approched with an allegation. Right now a young man is being investigated for something that did not take place. Too many witnesses to verify this. Two Young children have lied about this allegation. It is believed that 3 adults have brainwashed or threatened these kids. Several years ago the same lie was told about the same young man. It has been an on going thing that these folks that are doing the alleging are constantly harrassing this young man and his family. Look at the court records you folks that claim that you are professionals. Knowing this is on going and you have not been able to concluse this should tell you that these alligours are the problem not the young man. These children are in a verbal & mental abussive home, but I guess it doesn't matter to the officals . physical marks "O" Mental Mark "extensive" You don't care about that? Wake Up and do your job!
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