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Woman fights off attempted kidnapper at bus stop in south Charlotte, police say

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Police arrested a man late Tuesday in connection with Sunday’s stabbing and attempted kidnapping of a woman at a CATS bus stop in south Charlotte, near the Interstate 485 station on South Boulevard.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

The 23-year-old victim had just been dropped off by a CATS bus in the 9500 block of South Boulevard at about 7:30 p.m., when a stranger approached from behind, grabbed her “and ordered her to go with him,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a news release.

“The victim fought back and was able to escape,” according to the release. The woman was cut in her cheek during the struggle, police said, and she was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Her injuries, according to CMPD, are not life-threatening.

CMPD earlier Tuesday released surveillance photos of a person of interest in the case. At 11:55 p.m., police said in a news release that G4S, the private firm that provides transit police for CATS, recognized the man in the photos as the same man G4S police arrested in an unrelated case.

CMPD officers took the man, 53-year-old Kelvin Jeffrey Jones, to department headquarters, where sexual assault detectives interviewed him, according to CMPD’s release.

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Jones was then taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and charged with first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to the release.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.
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