Florida gas station clerk and customer thwart a violent kidnapping after victim passes them notes saying ‘I’m hurt’ and ‘call police’ before locking herself inside a bathroom to hide
- James Jackson, 38, was charged with kidnapping in Bonita Springs on Monday
- Jackson is accused of battering a woman and ripping off her clothes, then telling her he was taking her to Georgia
- Alleged victim convinced Jackson to stop at a Speedway gas station to get food
- There, she found a pen and paper, and slipped notes to a clerk asking for help
- Customer who witnessed the scene called 911 to summon deputies who arrested Jackson
James Jackson, 38, has been charged with kidnapping after allegedly beating up a woman in Florida and telling her he was taking her to Georgia
A quick-thinking Florida woman was rescued from her alleged kidnapper after she managed to pass notes to a gas station clerk asking for help.
The thwarted abduction took place in Bonita Springs on Monday. According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, 38-year-old James Jackson, picked up the victim, whom he knew, from work and offered to take her home.
The pair got into an argument in the car, which sent the woman fleeing from Jackson at the intersection of Davis Boulevard and Airport-Pulling Road.
Jackson gave chase, tracked down the woman to a nearby boat dealership and proceeded to batter and undress her, according to his arrest report obtained by NBC2.
After ripping off the victim’s shirt and bra, he allegedly dragged her back into his truck and told her he was taking her to Georgia.
The woman pretended to lose conciseness, until she realized that the vehicle got onto Interstate 75 in Bonita Springs.
At that point, the woman convinced Jackson to pull over at a Speedway gas station on Bonita Beach Road to pick up some food.
After entering the gas station convenience store, the woman found a pen and paper, and wrote two notes, which she slipped to a store clerk.
One of the missives read, ‘I’m hurt,’ while the other said, ‘call police.’
A customer who witnessed the scene called 911 to summon police.
The victim convinced Jackson to stop off at this Speedway gas station in Bonita Springs, Florida, where she wrote two notes asking for help
A customer at the gas station convenience store saw the woman slip the notes to a store clerk and called 911, leading to Jackson’s arrest
The woman then locked herself in the gas station bathroom and waited for deputies to arrive.
Jackson was arrested at the scene and booked into the Lee County Jail on a charge of kidnapping-false imprisonment.
He was released on Tuesday after posting $5,000 bond. He is due back in court on December 9.
Court records indicate that Jackson was arrested in 2001 on charges of driving on a suspended license and illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.
He also has a criminal history in Collier County, which includes arrests on charges of driving on a suspended license, marijuana possession and DUI.