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Man arrested after deputies say he kidnapped estranged wife at gunpoint

11:36 PM, Aug 5, 2013   |    comments
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The Knox County Sheriff's Office says a kidnap suspect has been taken into custody without incident.

Stephen Mayes was wanted for kidnapping his estranged wife at gunpoint Monday morning.

Deputies say he showed up at a Tennova emergency room and hospital officials called 911.

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The Knox County Sheriff's Office says it is searching for a man who kidnapped his estranged wife at gunpoint early Monday morning.

Authorities say 41-year-old Stephen Mayes hid in the bushes around 5 a.m. and forced his way into her car when she arrived at her workplace.

According to the report, Stephen Mayes then drove the car to a gas station in Farragut where he tried to force her into the trunk. Authorities say she fought back and managed to run inside a convenience store for help.

Investigators say Mayes then took off on foot.

Authorities used K-9s and a helicopter for three hours searching for Mayes. They called off the search around 1:30 and say they believe he may have gotten a ride out of the area.

Please call 911 if you have any information about Stephen Mayes.

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