Woman was rescued from kidnapping by discreetly passing note to someone

A kidnapped woman displayed courage by passing a note to another customer at a Chevron gas station in Seligman, Arizona, asking them to call 911.

According to a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, on August 22 around 5 p.m., a woman at a gas station handed a note to another customer. The note bore her name and urgently requested the recipient to dial 911, informing them that she had been abducted. The note contained detailed information about the vehicle she was in, along with a provided phone number. Additionally, the note revealed that they were en route to both Kingman and Las Vegas.

The sheriff’s office reported that the concerned customer promptly dialed 911, leading to an immediate response from deputies. The customer furnished descriptions of both the man and woman, along with information about the vehicle, which was spotted heading west on Interstate 40.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety was informed and subsequently intercepted the vehicle that matched the provided description. Jacob Wilhoit, aged 41, was apprehended during the operation, and the woman was located inside the vehicle, as reported by KPNX.

The woman’s mother had reported her missing earlier on the same day, according to information from the sheriff’s office as reported by KPNX.

Wilhoit was identified as a person of interest in the kidnapping case, as stated by the sheriff’s office. Investigators uncovered that he had abducted the woman from a car dealership in Phoenix at around 7 a.m. on Monday. He had disguised himself with a wig and posed as a rideshare driver. Wilhoit’s journey took him to Las Vegas, including a night spent at a park in Lake Mead.

Upon searching the suspect’s vehicle, several firearms were discovered. Wilhoit is now facing charges of aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment, kidnapping, and harassment, as per KPNX’s report.

The victim’s extraordinary action in passing the note, the customer’s willingness to assist, and the quick actions of YCSO and DPS saved the victim from her kidnapper and allowed her to return home with her family,” the sheriff’s office said.

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