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Suspect arrested, charged with kidnapping Youngstown store manager

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police have made an arrest in connection with the kidnapping of a store manager in Youngstown.

William Allen, 34, was arrested Wednesday and jailed in Mahoning County Jail on two counts of kidnapping.

Canfield Road Family Dollar manager Gina Whitacre said a man was shoplifting in the store on Tuesday night. When she got out, in accordance with company policy, to obtain the license plate number of the suspect’s van, she was pulled inside the vehicle and the driver drove away.

Whitacre told the Youngstown Police Department on Wednesday that she had no plans to fight the suspect.

“I don’t fight these big guys, it’s just stuff. They kept hitting me and hitting me and hitting me, ”she said, crying. “I thought I was going to die.”

You can watch his full interview in the player below:

The nightmare began shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday when a customer walked past Whitacre and a colleague carrying a large plastic bin full of clothes.

“And he said, ‘I’m going to have a good night’s sleep,’ and he kicked down our door. He actually broke the hinge on our door,” Whitacre said.

The man allegedly filled a basket with several items and then said “see you later ladies” before running into the van into the parking lot.

Whitacre ran outside and was pulled inside the van and the driver drove off.

“The back passenger snapped open and the guy grabbed me by the hair and threw me in the car,” Whitacre said.

Whitacre realized that there were three men in the car, each hitting and kicking her in turn.

“I hit the driver and scratch his eyes and try to get out,” Whitacre said. “I kept trying to grab the wheel and like, like, make us run over anything to make the car stop. I was just trying to get it to stop.

Whitacre said when the car got to Bears Den Road she figured they would throw it off a bridge there.

“I told them, ‘I have children.’ I told them everything. I said, ‘Please let me out,’ “she said in tears.

Whitacre was able to get out of the car on Billingsgate Avenue. A door opened and she jumped out of the car. One of the men ran after her, but she recognized a client she knew and asked him to call the police.

“They literally saved my life… I don’t think they realized that if they hadn’t gotten there, I don’t know what would have happened,” Whitacre said.

The man chasing her got into the car, which pulled out of the driveway, almost colliding with another car, and drove off.

She asked the customer to take her back to the store and the customer agreed.

Whitacre believes the whole episode was only three or four minutes long and at one point one of the men told him they were using heroin at the time.

“The heroine, for example, you literally kidnapped me because of the heroin?” Why? ”Whitacre wonders.