A kidnapped Maryland woman is safe after she said that she managed to escape from her abductor, an ex-boyfriend, after he was forced to stop his vehicle due to wind restrictions on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia, according to an October 7 Associated Press report carried by CBS News in Baltimore. When the suspect exited his vehicle so that tunnel employees could help the man safely transport two surfboards he was carrying in the bed of his truck, the kidnap victim got behind the wheel of the truck and drove toward a police car on the scene.
In a release posted by the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, officials say that officers were sent to the Powellville, Maryland, home of a woman who called 911 to say that her ex-boyfriend had broken into her house “and was taking her.” The incident went down on Sunday. When deputies arrived at the home, they reported the door had been forced open and no-one was inside the residence.
Officials also reported finding an empty Glock handgun box in the unidentified victim’s bedroom. Deputies also found .45 caliber ammunition in the bedroom but no handgun. After conducting their initial investigation, detectives identified the victim’s ex-boyfriend to be Phillip James Timmons.
Investigators also learned that the victim had previously applied for a restraining order that had been issued to prevent any contact between Timmons and the woman. Police said that Timmons also has a history of domestic violence.
When the victim started driving her ex-boyfriend’s truck toward the police, the suspect jumped into the bed of the truck and tried to unlock the vehicle by going through a broken window. But after the woman reached the police car, she announced that she’d been kidnapped and that Timmons had a gun in his possession.
Police issued verbal commands for Timmons to stand down. A brief struggle ensued and the deputy had Timmons pinned to his truck before he was taken into custody to appear before a Virginia Magistrate to face kidnapping, abduction and firearm related charges. “Timmons was found to be in possession of a loaded Glock .45 caliber handgun” according to the press release.
The Virginian-Pilot reported that Timmons was charged in Virginia Beach with carrying a concealed weapon, using a police radio during a crime, driving under a revoked or suspended license and public intoxication. Bridge-tunnel police Chief Edward Spencer said that he expects Timmons to be extradited to Maryland to face additional charges.