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Man accused of abducting girlfriend at knifepoint

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury indicted a man Wednesday on charges of abduction, domestic assault and appearing drunk in public.

Clarida Wayne Yates, 44, of 1300 Rigglman Drive, Apt. A, Timberville, remains incarcerated at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

New Market police officer J.D. Collins responded to Bo’s Xpress shortly before 11:30 p.m. July 1 for a report of a female who stated her boyfriend was going to kill her, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case. Collins arrived and spoke with the woman who appeared upset and crying, the complaint states. The woman told the officer she picked up Yates, her boyfriend, who told her to drive him to the town of Shenandoah.

“Yates then pulled a utility knife and stated, ‘take me I’m taking you hostage,'” the complaint states. “Yates kept the knife out as she drove. Yates stated if the cops got behind (her) he would cut her throat.”

Yates fled the scene prior to Collins’ arrival. While the officer spoke to the woman, Yates called her cellphone and stated, “we could have handled this different I’ll get you for talking with that cop,” the complaint states. The woman provided a written statement to police.

Collins and several Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputies canvassed the area to search for Yates. Collins found Yates at approximately 12:51 a.m., July 2, hiding in a bush on property in the 9000 block of John Sevier Road, the complaint states. Collins arrested Yates without incident. The officer states he could smell alcohol coming from Yates as he spoke. A breath test taken shortly after 2 a.m. registered a blood alcohol content of 0.05, according to the complaint.

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