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Man Shows Up for Traffic Court, Charged With Kidnapping

Posted July 2, 2007

— A Fayetteville man wanted in connection with the beating and kidnapping of his girlfriend was arrested Monday when he showed up in court on a traffic offense, authorities said.

Winston Woodrow French Jr., 36, of 2550 Cumberland Creek Drive, is accused of punching the woman in the face, kicking her in the rib cage and choking her by grabbing her neck, pulling her in to his vehicle outside her aunt's home on Friday, authorities said. She told investigators he pulled out a pocket knife and put it to her neck, demanding that she stop screaming or he would slit her throat.

The woman managed to escape from the vehicle as French began to drive out of the apartment complex parking lot, authorities said.


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  • mamasbaby Jul 2, 2007


  • Supie Jul 2, 2007

    seems a good bet the woman is not ok.

  • parawife Jul 2, 2007

    He will probably get a stiffer penalty for the traffic violation

  • methinks Jul 2, 2007

    How does the saying go..."stupid is as stupid does"

    LOL That will make the worlds dumbest criminals.

  • Lukey Jul 2, 2007

    Let's see now! Is this dumb or dumber?

  • Spring Jul 2, 2007

    Sadly, he will probably get out of jail on minimal bond, leaving the young woman scared to death, if not dead.

  • Sidekick Jul 2, 2007

    There are stupid people, and there is this guy.

  • casp3r Jul 2, 2007

    Guess he had something important to talk to her about.

  • Dick Jul 2, 2007

    Makes me think he's kinda irrational

  • cold hands warm heart Jul 2, 2007

    Makes ya stop and think about his rational doesn't it. Glad the woman was ok!