Weatherford Democrat

Aledo ExtrA

July 15, 2014

Woman kidnapped by hitchhiker rescued

WEATHERFORD — By CHRISTIN COYNE

Weatherford police Friday morning rescued a woman reportedly kidnapped and held by a hitchhiker with a box cutter after she was able to call for help.

The woman was found uninjured, police said.

Billy Bob Hall, 54, of Weatherford, was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping. Hall also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest regarding a motion to revoke probation for criminal trespass.

Shortly before 9 a.m. officers responded to the area of Zion Hill Road and Johnson Bend Road after receiving a call from a man who said a woman he knew was being held against her will.

The woman had been able to call the man and leave her phone on which enabled officers to locate the vehicle, according to Sgt. Dennis Whitford.

After stopping the vehicle, which was driven by the woman, officers determined that Hall abducted the woman earlier in the morning from the 800 block of West Park Avenue.

Hall waved down the 35-year-old driver, and believing the man might need some help, the woman stopped, Whitford said.

Hall then jumped in the vehicle and displayed a box cutter, according to Whitford.

Hall reportedly wanted the woman to give him a ride and the two apparently drove around, according to police.

There was an odor of alcohol on Hall’s breath, Whitford said.

 “It’s an extremely violent offense that doesn’t occur here very often and I think Mr. Hall’s alcohol concentration, maybe drugs, probably contributed to what he did,” Whitford said.

Hall has a lengthy arrest history over the past decade, primarily for public intoxication, according to jail records.

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