Man drove 250 miles to abduct ex-girlfriend in Marshall County, - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Man drove 250 miles to abduct ex-girlfriend in Marshall County, authorities say

Johnathan Watson (Source: Marshall County Jail) Johnathan Watson (Source: Marshall County Jail)
Marshall County authorities searched for a man who allegedly pursued a girlfriend trying to escape him. (Source: WAFF) Marshall County authorities searched for a man who allegedly pursued a girlfriend trying to escape him. (Source: WAFF)
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Marshall County authorities have found a man they say drove more than 250 miles to try to kidnap a woman there.

Deputies say the woman drove here from Dale County in south Alabama to get away from her boyfriend and “seek refuge.” They said the man found out where she was then drove his pickup truck from Ozark to just outside Guntersville to the home where he found the victim on the front porch Wednesday morning.

Deputies say he showed up at the home off Highway 79 North in the Waterfront community and he told her to pack her things because she was going back with him. She reportedly said she went in, started packing and whispered to her friend to call police.

The woman says she broke up with him after he seriously threatened her and beat her back in Ozark. She said she isn't sure how he found her.

The man reportedly ran out the back door when authorities arrived. A manhunt ensured, during which authorities searched on the ground and in the air. He was apprehended later Wednesday evening.

Johnathan Dowling Watson, 42, of Skipperville, Alabama is now in the Marshall County Jail. He is charged with second-degree burglary and attempted kidnapping.

Deputies said Watson was reported as being possibly armed with a handgun when the manhunt first started. No gun has been located at this time.

The victim said he was wearing a bulletproof vest and had knives attached to his belt. Deputies say they have recovered the body armor.

Watson's vehicle was towed from the scene.

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