Kidnapping victim found safe in Newport, arrest made

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A woman kidnapped from Pulaski County was found in Newport safe early Monday morning.

According to Newport police, officers went to the Exxon Travel Center on Airbase Road at 2 a.m. Monday morning in reference to the kidnapping.

A store clerk told police a man and woman came into the store and the woman told the clerk she was being held against her will. She also told the clerk the man had a gun.

A witness told police the pair left in a black Ford Explorer and provided a license plate and which way they were headed.

Police stopped the SUV at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Medallion Drive in Newport.

Timothy Hetherington, 26, of Newport was arrested during the stop without incident and a handgun was found in the vehicle, according to police.  The 31-year-old woman was found unharmed in the passenger seat.

The woman told investigators she had been kidnapped by Hetherington from her home in Little Rock. She and Hetherington had been in a relationship, she told police.

She told investigators Hetherington had come to her home with a gun and force her into his vehicle.

Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department are in Newport conducting their own investigation into the incident.

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