Police arrested a 25-year-old man who broke into a woman's home the day before he kidnapped her and her minor child. He waited for her until she arrived, then held them at knifepoint overnight, and into the next day.
The following day, the woman convinced the man to take them to a store in town. While they were there, she mouthed the words "help me" to several shoppers in the store. Deputies responded to the store that afternoon.
The perpetrator is believed to have forced the woman to undress in front of him while they were at her house. He threatened her with physical injury if she did not comply. Police allege he did this with the intention of terrorizing the woman. Deputies believe he did not know the woman and the child at the time of the kidnapping.
The man had been convicted of second-degree criminal mischief, strangulation, and first-degree sexual abuse in 2011 and was out on parole. He is now facing additional charges of two counts of first-degree kidnapping; menacing; first-degree burglary; unlawful use of a weapon; unlawful possession of a weapon; giving false information to the police; and a parole violation warrant for sex abuse. Lauren Hernandez "Man facing additional coercion charges in alleged kidnapping of Salem woman" https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/crime/2017/12/10/salem-man-arrested-kidnapping-charges-after-woman-mouths-help-me-shoppers-christopher-hahn-collins/938778001/ (Dec. 10, 2017).