Woman Kidnapped At Gunpoint Found In Sequoyah County Following I-40 Accident

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SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) -- A woman kidnapped at gunpoint Saturday night (Sept. 26) in Little Rock was found early Sunday morning (Sept. 27) in Sequoyah County, after the car she was being held hostage in was involved in an accident with a semi, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart.

A semi was headed westbound on I-40 and had just crossed over the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Line when he was hit by the suspect's car from behind around 4 a.m., Sheriff Lockhart said.

"The semi pulled over and the car fled west bound on I-40," Sheriff Lockhart said.

Sequoyah County Deputy Jeremy Walters then began searching for the car involved in the hit-and-run accident, Sheriff Lockhart said. Deputy Walters later found the car east of Sallisaw where he attempted to pull the driver over. Instead, the driver took off west bound and attempted to make a U-Turn just west of Sallisaw where he then collided with a barrier cable, Sheriff Lockhart said.

The driver, later identified as Theodore Redman, was then taken into custody, according to Sheriff Lockhart.

Theodore Redman

Deputy Walters noticed a passenger inside the car, and began talking with her about what happened. She told the deputy that she had been kidnapped at gunpoint the night before around 8 p.m. by Redman, Sheriff Lockhart said.

Sequoyah County deputies were able to confirm her story with officers at the Little Rock Police Department. Deputies also located a firearm inside Redman's car following the accident.

While talking with Little Rock Police, deputies were told that Redman had also fired shots at the kidnapped victim's mother Saturday night.

"We asked Redman where he was going, and he said Oklahoma City," Sheriff Lockhart said. "The kidnapped victim said she had no idea where he was taking her."

Both the kidnapped woman and Redman are being treated for their injuries from the car accident at local hospitals at this time, according to Sheriff Lockhart. Both just had minor bumps and bruises and are expected to be okay, Sheriff Lockhart said.

Redman will be taken to the Sequoyah County Jail, where he faces several charges in relation to the accident with the semi after he is released from the hospital, according to Sheriff Lockhart. Redman will then be extradited back to Little Rock, where he will face additional charges for the kidnapping. Redman also has three or four warrants out of Arkansas that will also have to be dealt with before he is able to be released, Sheriff Lockhart said.

Meanwhile, the family of the kidnapped victim has been contacted by authorities. They have been told she is safe and being treated for minor injuries at an area hospital.

Lockhart said the woman is 24 years old, and he is not releasing her name at this time. He said she had a warrant and was arrested for a probation violation from White County.

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