Accused kidnapper arrested in Itawamba County

Accused kidnapper arrested in Itawamba County

Posted: Feb 8, 2019 7:24 PM
Updated: Feb 8, 2019 7:24 PM

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an itawamba man sits behind bars accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman multiple times. the itawamba county sheriff found the man in his car -- possibilyt with another victim. wtva's erin wilson joins us live with more on what authorities have to say. anchor we do know that the itawamba sheriff department has identified this man as robert christopher ellis. after being notified that a victim had been hospitalized after she escaped sunday night, police tell us they are happy they hecanthurt anyone else. ." according to authorities this is the store off of highway 371 in itawamba county where a witness helped a woman escape after being kidnapped and raped multiple times over the course of a few days. ((sot)) (chris dickinson/ itawamba sheriff) "very violent what occurred, she was able to escape there at the evergreen store. called evergreen texacohe let her out to get a drink and fortunately someone pulled up beside them and she asked for help." we were told sometime between the end of last week and sunday he drugged and sexually assaulted the victim multiple times. ((sot)) "he shot her up with drugs, he was on drugs. shehavingsome problems behind that which is why she's in the hospital." according to surveillance video early sunday morning ellis pulled into the evergreen grocery and deli and allowed the victim to get a drink, we blurred the victim to protect her identity this is when the victim signaled for help and a witness helped her escape. ((sot)) "as soon as she safely got away from him, we were notified about it and that when we started thecase atthat point on and this has occurred over the last two or three days." after hours of searching for ellis the itawamba sheriff department was able to track him down and arrest him about one pm today. according to police when they foundellishe did have another woman in the car with him parked down a gravel road. they believe that she could have also been another victim if they had not gotten to him when they did. we will have more on that coming up tonight at 6. reporting live in itawamba county erin wilson wtva 9 news. a lafayette county
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