Kidnapped Woman Escapes, Thanks to Gas Station Clerk


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. —  A gas station clerk is being hailed as a hero after helping prevent a potential kidnapping of a 42-year-old woman in Missouri. 

Franklin County deputies accuse Russell Deshields of taking a woman’s keys, breaking her cell phone and and forcing her into a vehicle about 30 miles from this BP gas station in Dittmer.  

Investigators revealed, after a long drive, the woman convinced the man to stop at the gas station.  

“He was very close to her. You could not even get a hand between them. i noticed it and watched them through the whole thing,” the clerk said.

The clerk doesn’t want her face shown or name used, for her safety.

She remembers the woman walking to the counter and asking which cigarettes were on sale.  

“I told her and she just kind of mumbled to me and said ‘help me.’ Really low. I was like, ‘Okay?’  She goes ‘he is trying to kill me.'” 

Deputies tell CBS affiliate KMOV Deshields was in the gas station with the woman as she made a plea for help.  

“I did not know what he was going to do, but knew we had to get her to safety.” 

The clerk turned her back to the accused kidnapper and demanded the woman go into the gas station’s office.  

The clerk followed and says the woman told her Deshields forced her into a vehicle and promised to drive it off a bridge.  

“You can tell it was true because she had black marks on her hand and her arm.” 

After returning to the counter, the clerk said Deshields ran out of the store while the woman remained locked in the office.

On Monday, deputies responded to the Deshields residence in Sullivan after receiving a call that he was there. During a search of the home, deputies located Deshields hiding under a bed.

He was taken into custody and transported to a Franklin County jail.

A warrant was forwarded to the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued on Russell Deshields for Kidnapping.

His bond is set at $100,000 cash only.


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