By Patrick Yost
Madison Police are investigating an allegedly kidnapping after a 31-year-old Versailles, Ky. woman alleged that a man she met in Kentucky forced her to have unconsensul sex during a trip from Kentucky to Augusta where the man was going to pick up belongings from a storage unit.
A Madison Police Department officer was dispatched to interstate 20 at 4:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 after Morgan County Dispatch was told that a white female was walking in the eastbound lane of the interstate near the 113 mile marker.
The officer searched for the woman and, at 4:42 a.m., was told that the woman had walked to the Madison BP station and called 911 from a phone at the station.
The woman told the officer that she had been riding with Ricardo Adan Chavez, 34, Grovetown, Ga. in a black Chevrolet Tahoe with a U-Haul trailer attached since Wednesday, Jan. 2 and that the couple had agreed to come to Georgia to pick up some of the man’s belongings before traveling to “an unspecified destination.”
The woman alleged that after they had retrieved the items in Augusta, that Chavez had become “unpredictably violent” and had threatened to kill her if she tried to leave. The woman alleged that Chavez was using methamphetamine during the trip and that he had numerous knives in the vehicle.
The woman alleged that Chavez forced her to have sex “several times.” She said the couple had earlier eaten at a Taco Bell and then drove to an Exxon gas station on Eatonton Road where they slept.
Reports state that an officer had observed the vehicle in the parking lot earlier that night and had run the tag information after observing a man asleep in the vehicle. The officer included the tag information and the man’s name as part of a “Be On The Lookout” report he filed with surrounding agencies.
The woman said at 4:20 a.m. Chavez had awaken and told her to get out of the car “and look for something.” The woman told officers she used the opportunity to flee and ran to the BP Station to call police.
The woman also alleged that while at the Taco Bell Chavez “beat the (expletive) out of her.” The woman was taken to Morgan Medical Center for examination. An officer noted that the woman had heavy bruising on her arms, legs and back “consistent with being physically assaulted.” Officers arranged for the woman to have a place at a shelter but the woman declined and left the hospital with a friend.
Authorities have issued a false imprisonment arrest warrant against Chavez.