MARIETTA - A Reedsville man allegedly kidnapped a Coolville woman in the overnight hours of Tuesday, officials said.
Dwin J. McGraw, 61, of 53661 Number 9 Road, Reedsville, Ohio, was arrested in New Matamoras around 3 a.m. Wednesday on felony charges of kidnapping and disrupting public service and misdemeanor charges of assault, aggravated menacing and carrying a concealed weapon.
McGraw allegedly picked up Jennifer Jorgensen, 32, 2138 Vanderhoof Road, Coolville, and one of her friends in Parkersburg and offered to drive them home, said the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Dwin J. McGraw
After dropping off the friend, McGraw refused to drive to Jorgensen's residence and ignored her repeated pleas for him to let her out of his vehicle, said the sheriff's office. When Jorgensen attempted to exit the moving vehicle, McGraw allegedly grabbed her and struck her in the mouth.
Jorgensen was finally able to seek help when McGraw stopped for fuel in New Matamoras, officials said. At the gas station, McGraw would not allow Jorgensen out of his sight, officials said.
Jorgensen sought the help of the store clerk and was able to call for help. Jorgensen informed a deputy McGraw had a handgun in the vehicle and she feared for her safety.
Questioned by the deputy, McGraw allegedly admitted to giving Jorgensen a ride but denied kidnapping her or restricting her from exiting the vehicle, the sheriff's office said.
McGraw appeared in Marietta Municipal Court Wednesday morning and is being held without bond in the Washington County Jail.