Tuesday 28 February 2023

Allegedly kidnapped woman escapes captors by driving away in their truck while her hands were still bound with duct tape

 A woman who had allegedly been kidnapped told police that she escaped by driving away in her captors' truck while her hands were still bound with duct tape.

The incident unfolded when police in the town of St. Johnsbury in Vermont responded to reports on Thursday of a woman "in a vehicle who had her hands bound together with duct tape and her head partially covered with a bag and duct tape."

First responders found her in the truck at about 11:30 a.m., freed her, and took her to a hospital.

Police said that when they were able to speak to the woman that she told them she had been kidnapped for many hours before she was able to escape.

She reportedly said that a man and a woman had picked her up in the truck by the side of the road and then forcibly restrained her.

“The victim was driven in the Peacham and Danville area and restrained for several hours, while her life was threatened," police wrote. "At one point the victim was left alone in the truck, enabling her to break free enough to drive away in the truck and escape. The victim then drove herself to Bay Street in St. Johnsbury Village.” 

Police identified two suspects and on Friday the Vermont State Police arrested 45-year-old Mack Vernum and 36-year-old woman Nichole Cloutier at Vernum's home, which was located right next to the spot where she had been picked up.

Vernum was charged with attempted first-degree murder while both of them were charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, and aggravated assault.

They were booked into the Northeast Regional Correctional Center without bail.

Here's a local news video about the incident:

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