A Texas truck driver is being investigated for possibly kidnapping a woman who had hitched a ride with him from Dallas to Aberdeen this weekend, Maryland State Police said.
The man was ultimately arrested at Wawa, in the 200 block of Philadelphia Boulevard, but has so far only been charged with a weapons violation for possessing brass knuckles and a stun gun, Sgt. Jim DeCourcey of the Bel Air Barrack said.
At about 4 p.m. on Sunday, "we had received a call from a woman in the Upper Marlboro area of Prince George's County who had been receiving either phone calls or text messages from a friend who claimed to have been kidnapped and was being held against her will," DeCourcey said.
The 36-year-old woman, who is also from Dallas, reported being in a tractor-trailer that was hauling a shipment to the Clorox plant in Aberdeen, DeCourcey said.
"The woman said she had been threatened with a stun gun and a knife and that she was being held against her will," he said, noting the driver was an independent contractor not affiliated with Clorox.
Police tracked the truck to the Wawa store, where a trooper and two Aberdeen police officers took the driver into custody, DeCourcey said.
The woman was not hurt and was inside Wawa when police came, he said.
"At this point of the investigation, we found out that she had essentially hitched a ride out of Texas," he said.
The woman had gotten into an argument with the driver at some point during the trip and said she wanted to leave, DeCourcey said, but whether he prevented from her leaving is still under investigation.
Lyron Ladell Hayes, 40, of the 1300 block of Sunny Glen Drive in Dallas, was charged with two counts of concealing a dangerous weapon and was released on $3,500 bail the same day, according to online court records.
"We are still piecing together the allegations of false imprisonment and kidnapping," DeCourcey said.