Chattanooga man escapes alleged armed kidnapper

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A Chattanooga man is lucky to be alive after he was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by News 12, the incident unfolded early Tueaday morning in the 3800 block of 14th Avenue.

Police were called to that area after the alleged male victim called 911 about a man with a gun. When an officer arrived on scene, he was flagged down by the victim.

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim told police he has been held against his will by Dustin Readmon, 27, of Chattanooga. According to the victim, Readmon was armed with a handgun and verbally threatened to kill him multiple times if he did not take him to a home in the 3800 block of 14th Avenue. Readmon reportedly lived at that home and told the victim he needed to get some clothing.

According to the victim, Readmon threatened to kill him if he attempted to leave the scene.

As the men walked behind the house, the victim made a ran for his life while dialing 911 on his cell phone.

An eyewitness told police that Readmon demanded he walk in front of him while Readmon held the gun. He also told police he was scared because he feared Readmon would harm his family if he did not comply with Readmon’s demands.

During their investigation, police located a gun, clothing and paperwork behind Readmon’s home. The clothing and paperwork belonged to Readmon. According to police, the gun that was found was the same weapon used in the alleged crime.

When officers questioned Readmon, he told them he never threatened anyone. He also told police the victim gave him a ride to help him pick up his clothing at the residence.

While en-route to the jail, Readmon reportedly told an officer he was a drug user and admitted he had taken meth earlier in the day.

Redmon was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping and illegal possession of a firearm.

His bond was set at $150,000 and his next court date is April 1.


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