Kidnapped Woman’s Quick Thinking Saves Herself and Children From Captor

Woman kidnapped along with 3 kids at knifepoint alerted police with open-line 911 call from moving vehicle NBC News

A terrifying incident occured on Monday October 10 in Nevada involving a woman and her children after they were kidnapped.  The Nevada State Police found the woman with her three children as they were being held captive at knifepoint.

Justin Carter, 34, kidnapped a woman and her three children from his home city of Las Vegas before trying to stab her.

Carter reportedly drove the woman and her children about 80 miles to Mesquite, close to the Utah state line.

The woman and her children were in the car driving with the suspect as the woman bravely dials 911 on her cell phone. Carter was unaware what she was doing.  According to reports she left the line open once it was answered, hoping that dispatchers would hear something that would trigger dispatchers to send the police her way.  And it worked.

Dispatchers alerted officers to Carter’s location on Interstate 15, and he was pulled over.

Mesquite Police Chief MaQuade Chesley said the woman and her children were incredibly brave. Despite the danger, they kept their composure and she called for help as quickly as she could.

In addition, Chesley expressed gratitude to dispatchers and officers who acted without hesitation in finding and rescuing the woman and her children.

“They saved this family from further harm by acting swiftly and persistently when responding to the 911 call.” he told reporters.

At the scene, Carter was arrested and taken to the Clark County Detention Center.

He has since been charged with multiple offenses, including attempted murder, four counts of second-degree kidnapping that was in direct violation of an active protection order.

Additionally it includes one felony count of domestic battery with use of a deadly weapon, one felony count of coercion with a deadly weapon, one felony count of attempted sexual assault, four felony counts of violation of an extended protection order, and lastly two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

This is no the first time Carter has been arrested.  During November 2012, Carter entered a plea of guilty to assault and discharge of a firearm at an occupied structure or vehicle, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Five years of probation were imposed on him.

A court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 26 in this case.

For more coverage on this story, see the additional news sources below:

Woman kidnapped along with 3 kids at knifepoint alerted police with open-line 911 call from moving vehicle NBC News

Mesquite police: Woman, three children safe after terrifying kidnapping at knifepoint KVVU

Quick-thinking mother thwarts kidnapping attempt in Nevada KIRO

 

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