CAMPBELL -- Police said a 36-year-old Campbell man who kidnapped his girlfriend at gunpoint was foiled when he made the woman buy gas because their vehicle was low on fuel.
A McCartney Road BP Gas Station attendant phoned 911 around 12:14 a.m. today after a 35-year-old Campbell woman buying gas said she was being held at gunpoint by a boyfriend in her vehicle. She also gave the attendant the license plate number of the vehicle before leaving.
The vehicle, a 1997 Dodge Stratus, was pulled over on McCartney Road by an officer with the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department who was later assisted by a Coitsville Township police officer.
Gun thrown: Police said the kidnapper threw a silver handgun into weeds near the road as he exited the vehicle. Officials from the Campbell Police Department said they retrieved near the area a loaded handgun that had the serial number removed.
The woman told police she was at her Blackburn Street home when her boyfriend arrived and began questioning her about a vehicle they shared. She said he assaulted her when she wouldn't tell him where it was. She said he put a gun to her temple and demanded to know the vehicle's location. She eventually took him to the car, which happened to be low on gas.
The man is being held in city jail on a kidnapping charge until his court appearance, scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday in Campbell Municipal Court.