An Indiana woman outsmarted an alleged abductor by driving to a police station after he held her at gunpoint and ordered her to drive.
The 25-year-old woman knew her alleged abductor, 36-year-old Travis Moore, from her childhood days.
The pair had recently reconnected on social media, WXIN reported, and Moore convinced the woman to drive to Mississippi, pick him up, and then return to Indiana.
She agreed, and the two spent several nights together at various hotels in the Bloomington area, police reported.
The relationship took a turn for the worse on Jan. 19, when two had a falling out.
“When she returned (to the hotel) he had locked her out, so she said that she was then walking towards her vehicle when she saw him running behind her,” said Bloomington Police Lt. Ryan Pedigo.
“She said that she was scared for her safety so she did run to her car.”
The woman had a male friend waiting in her car. Moore allegedly pointed a gun at the friend’s head and ordered him out of the vehicle.
Moore ordered the woman inside the vehicle and told her to drive to an apartment complex.
As she drove, the woman happened to pass a nearby police station. She made the quick decision to turn the vehicle around and drive into the station’s parking lot.
She parked the car and raced into the lobby around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 20, shouting that she had been held at gunpoint.
Moore sped away in the vehicle, but police ultimately tracked him down and arrested him.
While Pedigo praised the woman for her quick thinking that night, he also recommended that people use caution and discretion before getting involved with someone you scarcely know.
“Good for her for watching her surroundings, realizing that she was passing the police department and having the courage to stop the vehicle, jump out and run,” Pedigo said.
“I caution people that if it’s someone that you’re not familiar with and someone who you don’t obviously know their intentions, and you don’t them very well, it’s best to get to know them a little more.”
Moore has outstanding arrest warrants in Louisiana and potentially faces charges against him in Indiana, including kidnapping, intimidation, auto theft and having a handgun without a license.
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