A Rural Hall man has been charged with kidnapping after a Thursday night incident which traversed three North Carolina counties and two states, according to the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office.
Chief Deputy Craig Carico said Steve Martin Haynes Jr., 18, of 130 Bellemeade Ave., Rural Hall, has been charged with kidnapping, felonious restraint, assault by pointing a gun and assault on a female.
He said the victim, a 17-year-old female, was taken from Rainbow Lane in Westfield in the early hours of Thursday morning.
“She was at this particular location in attempt to pick Haynes up due to his vehicle being broke down,” said Carico. “Through this investigation, we have learned that the victim and defendant were only friends and she knew him from school. Also, the defendants dad formerly resided near the victims residence.”
Police believe Haynes took the victim through Stokes, Surry and Allegany counties and also traveled through Carroll County in Virginia.
“They wrecked on the Parkway in the early morning hours of June 5, and a Federal Park Ranger located them the following morning on the Parkway walking,” said Carico. “We are continuing to piece together the route information. “
Carico said the victim sustained a broken arm during the accident and was later treated at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin. She has since been released and is back home.
Haynes is being held under a$150,000 secured bond.
The Stokes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Rangers with the National Park Service.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.