A domestic dispute recently resulted in kidnapping charges against a local man who allegedly held a woman against her will.
Joshua M. Haynes, 26, 575 Claylick Road, Ripley, was charged with a felony count of kidnapping.
On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Deputy L.M. Casto received a report of a domestic disturbance that occurred at 575 Claylick Road in Ripley. Casto and other deputies responded and made contact with the alleged victim.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court, the victim told officers she was at her residence with her boyfriend, Joshua Haynes, when she saw that he was in possession of a substance she believed to be heroin.
The victim told the officers Haynes was about to smoke the substance in the residence and the two got into an argument about Haynes’ alleged drug use. Haynes allegedly became violent, grabbed the victim, and pushed her to the ground several times, hurting her arm, hand, and head in the process.
Casto noted several cuts on the victim’s arm and hand, as well as bruising and swelling on her hand and a small laceration on the left side of her head.
The victim told officers she tried to leave the residence several times, but Haynes would not let her. Each time she went to the door, he grabbed her and forced her back into the living room. Haynes also allegedly took the victim’s phone, according to the complaint.
The victim also reported Haynes laid out several firearms on the couch and stated that if she tried to leave, he would kill himself.
The victim stated that after an “hour or two” of being held captive, she was able to flee to her aunt’s residence and contact law enforcement.
Casto and the other officers went to the residence and detained Haynes, as well as two other individuals who were in the residence. The complaint states the individuals were in the process of using heroin when they were taken into custody.
Casto saw a handgun and drug paraphernalia on the coffee table and end table in the living room of the residence. A search of the residence turned up two other firearms
The search also revealed two raisin-sized pieces of black tar substance officers believed to be heroin.