A woman who was kidnapped earlier in the day from a parking lot on Macon’s Central Georgia Technical college campus was found alive Wednesday evening.
Authorities spent hours in the search for 24-year-old Alyssa Armstrong and her abductor, 26-year-old David Chase Warnock.
At around 6:30 p.m., the pair was seen in Locust Grove, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Local authorities from Henry County and Locust Grove arrested Warnock in a restaurant parking lot off Interstate 75 Exit 212.
Warnock was transported back to Macon-Bibb County and is charged with kidnapping, according to the release.
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Armstrong was returned safely to her family in Macon.
Earlier Wednesday, witnesses reported seeing Armstrong being forced into a van outside the school, located off Eisenhower Parkway near Macon Mall.
About 2:40 p.m., Bibb County sheriff’s deputies descended on Rivoli Drive after learning that Armstrong may have lived in a cabin on the property at 4673 Rivoli. That’s across Forsyth Road from Wesleyan College.
Deputies checked the cabin and scoured the grounds, but there was no sign of either Armstrong or Warnock, authorities said.
Deputies left the scene by late afternoon. They continued looking for the two, working with law enforcement agencies across the state, including the U.S. Marshals Service.
The incident happened about 11:20 a.m. in the parking lot of Building H, and it was initially reported to campus police, who called in the sheriff’s office, said Janet Kelly, assistant vice president for marketing and public relations.
“It’s believed to be a domestic situation,” she said.
During morning break, Armstrong, was sitting in a car outside the building with a female friend when Warnock, her ex-boyfriend, approached her, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
“Talk to me, talk to me,” Warnock told her, a witness said.
When she got out of the car, he took her to the nearby van and led her into an open sliding door.
Warnock got into the driver’s seat and sped off toward the front of campus at 3300 Macon Tech Drive.
The case is still under investigation, and anyone with information in the case is asked to call Bibb County deputies at 751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
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