SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - UPDATE: A kidnapping victim in Savannah - bound with duct tape - managed to escape from her abductor and find help.
That’s according to a Savannah police report we got on Friday. The report describes the events that unfolded when the woman was taken from her apartment building parking lot. The report states when the woman gave the man a ride, he pulled out a gun and told her to keep driving.
The man noticed the vehicle was out of gas. He stopped at a gas station where he asked her, “Will you try anything if I go get gas?” She replied no.
When he went into the station, he dropped a blade which the victim grabbed and used to cut off the duct tape off her legs. The victim then ran from there to Carey Hilliard’s, where she got help.
The man, later identified as 53-year-old Charles Poag, drove off in her car and later wrecked.
“Don’t let anybody into your car. That’s one of the biggest things. It’s nice to be nice, but there are sometimes when safety overrides nicety," said Barry Lewis, Savannah PD. "If this did occur and you did get an instance where you would be able to get away, do that. Make all the noise you can. Get away. Get into an area that is populated.”
Police say Poag is being charged with theft by taking and kidnapping..
Savannah Police have a suspect in custody after an armed robbery and kidnapping on Monday afternoon.
Officials say 53-year-old Charles Poag is being charged with theft by taking and kidnapping.
Poag kidnapped a 22-year-old woman outside of her apartment complex in the 8000 block of Waters Avenue around noon. The woman was able to escape and run to Carey Hilliard’s where several Savannah Police officers were eating lunch. Poag fled in her vehicle.
When a Chatham County Police Officer tried to pull Hoag over off of Silk Hope Road, the suspect crashed his car.
He got out of the car and tried to run away, but was arrested by officers.
James Gill, a retired police officer living in Richmond Hill says he was just coming to Walmart to pick up a few things when he saw this police chase get started on Ogeechee Road.
A white Nissan pickup truck came zooming out of the parking lot," Hill said. “Out of the school not at the Walmart. Came out of here and jumped the curb and went north on the southbound lane.”
Gill witnessed the chase and says his main concern was how close this suspect got to Southwest Elementary and Southwest Middle School, right next to Walmart.
“He kidnapped a person," Gill said. "He was armed. He could have gotten into that school, because they were in progress of some type of school today.”