Update: Titus Co man wanted for aggravated kidnapping arrested

From the Titus County Sheriff's office:

UPDATE: TITUS CO. (KYTX) -  A Titus County man who was wanted for aggravated kidnapping, a first degree felony is behind bars after he was arrested Tuesday.

Schmidt is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Titus County Sheriff investigators report deputies responded to a call on May 26, 2014 from Camp County Sheriff's Office advising that an assault victim was being treated at ETMC in Pittsburg after being thrown from a moving vehicle on Highway 271 near the Titus and Camp County Line.

Titus County Sheriff's Deputy's responded to ETMC in Pittsburg and learned the Victim was abducted from her residence in Diana located in Upshur County, Texas by Schmidt.

Schmidt was transporting the Victim thru Titus County when the Victim was able to get free from the Schmidt and jumped from Schmidt's moving vehicle in an attempt to get away. Schmidt was assaulting and threatening to kill the Victim while driving on Highway 271. The Victim, who was in fear for her life felt her only option to get away from Schmidt was to jump from the moving vehicle. The Victim survived the jump from Schmidt's moving vehicle and was found by a passing motorist on the side of Highway 271 and transported to ETMC in Pittsburg for treatment.

The Victim positively identified her abductor as Ryan Jacob Schmidt and stated that if she had not jumped from the moving vehicle that she felt that Schmidt would have followed thru with his threats to kill her. The Victim stated that she prayed and asked God to help her and then jumped from the moving vehicle.

Witnesses, who were driving behind's Schmidt's vehicle on Highway 271 at approximately 75 mph advised that Schmidt was swerving all over the road and then observed a woman come out of the vehicle and fall onto Highway 271. Witnesses advised that Schmidt did not stop after the Victim came out Schmidt's vehicle and kept driving toward Mount Pleasant.

The Titus County Sheriff's Office obtained an Arrest Warrant for Schmidt for Aggravated Kidnapping.


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