Lt. David Kaiser with the Michigan State Police department said that a 41-year-old man named Daniel Symons was arrested after a woman he met on Craigslist was found tied up in the back of his car during a traffic stop. According to the Canada Journal, Symons was charged with kidnapping and assault by strangulation after police rescued the 22-year-old woman from his vehicle.
“They actually stopped the vehicle, the lady in the back seat was kicking the window, kicking the driver, doing what she could to get out of the vehicle to get attention. We found her hands had been zip tied behind her back she had duct tape over her mouth and a bag over her head.”
Lt. David Kaiser says that the young woman — who responded to Symons’ Craigslist ad for a “submissive” — is lucky that she wasn’t killed. According to Gawker, Kaiser said that Symons used a fake photo and a fake name, and if anything had actually happened to the woman, it would have been difficult for police to find a suspect.
Most people know that meeting friends on the internet can be fun, but it also can be dangerous. Those who choose to meet people that they found on the internet are encouraged to do so in a public location. Lt. Kaiser says that the woman did not do this, which put her in a great deal of danger.
“The mistake she made was she met him in a remote, secluded area near his home. She got into his vehicle and once they were moving, she realized this guy looked nothing like the picture that he had sent her. Also, the conversation wasn’t anything like it was online,” said Lt. David Kaiser.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, once the unidentified victim realized that this man wasn’t whom she thought he was, she tried to end their date. She says that it was at this point that the man’s demeanor changed. He ended up holding her against her will, and throwing her in the backseat of his car.
Where he intended on taking the woman and what he intended to do with her is unclear, but police say that it was the woman’s kicking of his seat — and her persistence — that saved her. You see, the woman’s actions caused Symons to drive erratically and that is when police took notice and pulled the vehicle over.
Symons is being held on $500,000 cash bond.
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