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Police: Harnett man kidnapped college student over photos of daughter

Posted September 4, 2019 3:26 p.m. EDT

Smithfield Police Department patrol car

— A Harnett County man kidnapped a student from Johnston Community College last week after confronting the student about inappropriate pictures involving his daughter, Smithfield police said Wednesday.

Jonathan Lewis Crawford worked with the student at Dunn EMS and used that relationship to lure the student into his vehicle voluntarily on Aug. 28, police said. Crawford then pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot the student if he did not go with Crawford to the Dunn Police Department, police said.

The student was released unharmed at the police department.

Crawford was charged Tuesday with second-degree kidnapping.

Harnett County authorities are investigating the alleged inappropriate photos, police said.