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COURT DOCS: Fort Wayne man kidnapped woman at knifepoint from gas station

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — A Fort Wayne man was arrested after police say he kidnapped a woman at knife point over the weekend.

Police responded to a Phill’s One Stop on Saturday when a panic alarm went off. Shortly afterward, a woman called police whispering, “Send help, he is going to kill me.”

When police arrived at the apartment, they found an open door. They did not find the woman, but the court document states they found a bloody mattress, bloody rags, a knife, a long dog lead, handcuffs, handcuff keys, a cell phone, gloves and a note stating how much Ronnie McKinney was infatuated with a woman.

Police ended up finding the woman running down Goshen Avenue with a puncture wound to her neck. Court documents state she told police that McKinney forced her from the gas station at knife point, puncturing her neck. She was forced into her vehicle and to the apartment.

The documents also state the victim told police that McKinney caught her calling 911. She also said McKinney was going to rape her but became unsure what he was going to do.

The victim was able to get out of the restraints and told police when McKinney took her outside she ran off and didn’t look back.

Police say they found McKinney at Brandy’s strip club and took him into custody where he was preliminarily charged with kidnapping, criminal confinement, battery with a deadly weapon and interfering with the report of a crime.

Ronnie McKinney pleaded guilty in 1990 in Allen County to attempted murder and robbery with serious bodily injury and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

According to state law at the time, he served 20 years — half his sentence — and was released in 2010.

He was convicted of drunk driving in 2011 and 2012, and has been out of jail since 2013.

Formal charges in the kidnapping case could be filed on Thursday.

Corinne Rose contributed to this report.

Jacob Burbrink

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