A Columbus woman is now safe and her kidnapper is behind bars after a violent and scary weekend. The female managed to escape after being held captive for hours by her former fiancé, who allegedly forced her to drive him to LaGrange and threatened to kill her if she cried for help.
Saturday evening about 6:45 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to Vernon Street near SOS Cleaners in reference to reports from a Troup County Sheriff’s Deputy that was flagged down by a female who was reporting a kidnapping.
Officers met with deputies and the victim, who reported that the kidnapping started in Columbus, GA, the previous night and ended in LaGrange. The victim stated she had been the victim of abuse after coming to LaGrange since about 3 a.m. that morning with Jason Cofield.
The victim explained that at about 10 p.m. the previous night, her former fiancé, Cofield, attacked her and stuck a knife to her side making her drive him from her home to LaGrange.
Cofield reportedly struck and bit her several times during the altercation, which was evidenced by numerous bite marks and wounds on the victim’s face and arms.
The victim stated that once they got to LaGrange, Cofield forced her to drive to his sister’s on Jackson Street where he dropped off some items. While at the location, Cofield took the keys out of the ignition and threatened to kill her and her children if she called for help.
Cofield then reportedly forced her to drive around LaGrange with the knife stuck to her side, but she later managed to escape and flag down the deputy.
Cofield later arrived at the LaGrange Police Department and after an interview he was arrested for the incident and an active warrant.
Cofield, age 32, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Aggravated Assault– Family Violence Act, False Imprisonment– Family Violence Act, Battery – Family Violence Act, Criminal Trespass – Family Violence Act, and a warrant for Probation Violation.
As of press time, Cofield is being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.
Tommy Murphy Staff Writer