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October 16, 2013

Charges dropped in alleged kidnapping


On the night of Tuesday, Aug. 13, numerous 911 calls came in to the police station reporting a woman was screaming and trying to escape from a black Chevy Equinox driving the wrong way down Dove Street, Howard said.

The victim yelled for help and fought to get the man to stop, as Eaton allegedly drove toward Tyng Street, Howard said. She told police she continued to fight Eaton as he made sexual advances toward her. She accused him of punching her across her left temple, before she was able to reach a pocket knife she had in her pants, which she used to stab him in the right arm and thigh, police said.

At that point, the victim was able to get out of the car as police arrived on the scene. Before she got out of the vehicle, the victim took Eaton’s keys so he couldn’t drive away, according to Howard.

Officers found Eaton up the street, speaking on his cellphone and bleeding from his injuries, for which he was treated by medical personnel. The victim told police she didn’t know the suspect, but Eaton told police the couple had a relationship, Howard said.

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