Whitehall News

Man charged with kidnapping; second suspect sought

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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 that occurred June 6 at East Main Street and South Hamilton Road, according to reports.

Police arrested Kyle Douglas Seymour, 33, of Granite Falls Drive in Blacklick after police released video images of Seymour to the media. 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 continue to investigate whether Seymour is connected to a June 8 robbery, assault and kidnapping that began in the parking lot of the Walmart store 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 woman had stopped her car 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 the victim something was hanging from her car.

When the woman opened the door, the man got inside and told the woman to drive, according to police.

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

Two days later, police reported a 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 of the store at 11 p.m. June 8 and pointed a gun at him. The man ordered the victim into his car at gunpoint and a second suspect got into the back seat, reports said.

The suspects forced the victim to drive to an ATM on South High Street, where the victim withdrew money. One suspect struck the victim in the face, 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 continue to investigate the possibility that he was the second suspect.

Police initially had discounted Seymour as a suspect in the Walmart abduction, but new information led police to renew their 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 seek further information about the incident.

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

Anyone with information about the suspects can 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 was scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. June 21 in Franklin County Municipal Court.

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