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Police investigating Walmart abduction

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Whitehall police and a Columbus police SWAT team arrested a 33-year-old man June 12 in connection with the attempted abduction of a woman June 6 at East Main Street and South Hamilton Road.

Police arrested Kyle Douglas Seymour, of Granite Falls Drive, Blacklick. Seymour was taken into custody at his residence, police said.

"The identification (of Seymour) was a direct result of the media coverage that led to multiple tips from the public identifying the suspect," Whitehall Sgt. Dan Kelso said.

Police are continuing to investigate whether Seymour is connected to a June 8 robbery, assault and kidnapping that began in the parking lot of the Walmart in Whitehall.

Seymour is charged with theft, a fifth-degree felony, and kidnapping, a first-degree felony, in connection with the June 6 incident.

Police reported a 49-year-old woman was stopped at a red light at 9 p.m. June 6 at East Main Street and South Hamilton Road when a man later identified as Seymour told her something was hanging from her car.

When the woman opened the door, Seymour entered and told the woman to drive, according to police.

The woman ran away from the vehicle, police said. Seymour allegedly took the purse and ran from the vehicle and later attempted to use a credit card, police said.

Two days later, police reported a 62-year-old man was abducted from the parking lot of Walmart, 3657 E. Main St.

The east Columbus man told police an unknown man approached him in the parking lot at 11 p.m. June 8 and pointed a gun at him. The gunman ordered the man into his car at gunpoint, and a second suspect entered the back seat.

The suspects forced the man to drive to an ATM on South High Street, where the man withdrew money. The suspect struck the man in the face, and then both suspects fled on foot, police said.

Kelso said police do not consider Seymour to be the "main player" in the June 8 incident but are continuing to investigate the possibility that he was the second suspect.

Police initially discounted Seymour as a suspect in the Walmart abduction, but new information has led police to renew its investigation into Seymour's possible involvement, Kelso said June 14.

The victim in the Walmart abduction sustained a fractured eye socket and required stitches to the back of his head, police said.

Police still are seeking information about the incident.

The suspect who assaulted the man is described as a white male, 20 to 25 years old, with brown hair and brown facial hair and a large build, police said.

Anyone with information about the suspects should call Detective Jon Earl at 614-545-9697.

Seymour was arraigned June 14 in Franklin County Municipal Court. A judge set a $25,000 bond for the kidnapping charge and a $10,000 bond for the theft charge. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. June 21 in Franklin County Municipal Court.

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