News Release (January 3, 2019)
Madison County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Epp Richardson reports that on the 1st day of January 2019 at 12:01 AM the Communications center received a 911 call from a cashier at Jimmies Auto Port. The cashier advised the 911 operator that a white female had entered the store and asked her to call for help because she had been kidnapped and was being held by a man with a knife.
Madison County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded and upon arrival saw that the female was still in the store accompanied by the suspect. Officers identified the female and male subjects and initiated the investigation. The victim revealed she was the girlfriend of the male subject and had initially got in the vehicle with the suspect consensually. As the traveling continued the victim began to request that she be returned home, but the male subject refused and pulled a knife on the victim and threatened to cut her. The suspect kept the knife in his lap while continuing to travel.
The victim continued to plea with the male subject to take her home but the male subject became physical punching the victim numerous times in the facial area while traveling and repeatedly threatened to kill her with the knife if she continued. The victim advised the male subject took her cell phone away to prevent her from calling for help. When arriving at Jimmies Auto Port, the victim found an opportunity to briefly ask the cashier to call for help.
The victim suffered obvious injuries consistent with her statement.
The male subject was identified as Justin Ryan Haden of Webb Alabama. Haden advised he had taken the victim away from where she was having problems and further confirmed the victim’s statements relating to him having a knife and punching her. The vehicle being driven by the suspect was registered to the victim. A search of the vehicle discovered Haden’s personal belongings packed inside and none of the victims. The knife and victims cell phone were also discovered in the driver’s side door pocket.
Haden was arrested and transported to the county jail without further incident.