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Mother's quick thinking helps her escape kidnapper

Man also kidnapped toddler

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 11:23 AM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 9:36 AM
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Police attributed to quick thinking an Augusta woman’s escape from a man who kidnapped her and her 2-year-old from a downtown gas station Wednesday evening.

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Marcus Taylor, 26, a neighbor of Iguana Mills, helped hold the man accused of kidnapping a woman from a downtown gas station until police arrived at the scene.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Marcus Taylor, 26, a neighbor of Iguana Mills, helped hold the man accused of kidnapping a woman from a downtown gas station until police arrived at the scene.


Iguana Mills, 29, had just pulled into her driveway on Tuttle Street when she saw a woman stop a 1992 Chevrolet S-10 pickup partially in her driveway and scream for help.

“I got a little closer to look in the truck. and she said, ‘Take my baby,’ ” Mills said.

Police said the driver, 19-year-old Ashley Nay, of Augusta, had been forced to drive her vehicle after a man kidnapped her and her daughter at knifepoint from the Kangaroo convenience store at 15th and Jones streets about 10:45 p.m. Police said the kidnapper placed the knife at the mother’s and child’s throats, threatening to kill them if the woman did not cooperate. The kidnapper then tried to sexually assault her while she drove.

When Nay saw Mills, she took the opportunity to yell for help.

“You have to think of her (Nay’s) reaction, knowing she was not in a good situation and taking the only opportunity she had to get somebody’s attention,” said Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles.

Mills said the suspect, identified as 42-year-old Leonard Sapp, who is homeless, was beating Nay in the face when she approached the vehicle. Mills pleaded for Sapp to stop, but he instructed her to take the baby and leave.

When Mills pulled the child from the vehicle, there was a knife between the toddler’s legs.

After helping the child, Mills said, she was able to help pull Nay from the vehicle.

Sapp attempted to flee in the truck but immediately wrecked into a parked vehicle around the corner on Hicks Street.

Ernest Streetman, 28, and Marcus Taylor, 26, said they were inside their home when they heard the crash. As soon as they saw a man trying to flee they knew he was up to no good.

“He was asking for help but we already knew what the game plan was,” Streetman said. “He was going to run.”

The two men and a woman, Amanda Hendrickson, 19, chased Sapp into an open field across the street, where they held him until police arrive.

“He wasn’t getting anywhere on my watch,” Taylor said.

In the five minutes it took for officers to arrive, Taylor said, Sapp tried to persuade them to let him go.

Later, they learned the details about what had happened to Nay and her daughter.

“If I had known that (when we caught him), I probably would have beaten the mess out of him,” Streetman said.

Sapp was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of carjacking, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, criminal attempt rape and two counts of kidnapping.

Investigators said Sapp has an extensive arrest history, with convictions including burglary and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

“If he had gotten away, the odds are he would have done this again,” Peebles said. “She (Nay) saved her own life with their help, and they helped keep anybody else from getting hurt in the future.”

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 09/27/12 - 10:34 am
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Man! I am so proud of these

Man! I am so proud of these citizens who each decided to help someone else and just do the right thing! Each of these folks acted VERY bravely and without regard to their own safety. And I'm so glad the mother and child are okay.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/27/12 - 10:54 am
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I know

this citizen can be rehabilitated in 6 months and be allowed to walk among us again.

straight shooter
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straight shooter 09/27/12 - 11:18 am
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prime example

This is a prime example of why capital punishment should be the penalty for crminals with this kind of record.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/27/12 - 11:42 am
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Gracious!

Another person who should have been in jail in the first place. People are serving long sentences for crimes that are less serious and don't have an extensive arrest record.
Bravo to the three citizens. That was very brave.

mikeelliott
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mikeelliott 09/27/12 - 12:12 pm
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Another crack slipper

He should not have been free. I predicted he had an extensive record before I read the complete story. What are we going to have to do track these habitual offenders? Or, is that cruel and unusual punishment? Freddie Sanders or Richard Roundtree? As far as I can figure, Freddie would do the better job at addressing this.

Thethirdjq
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Thethirdjq 09/27/12 - 01:09 pm
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Our prison system, privatized

Our prison system, privatized or not, has become a failure of rehabilitation. It seems small time offenders go to prison and learn how to become criminals.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/27/12 - 01:15 pm
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Hey Sean get us some names

Who were the HERO's that got involved.

These type of people and their actions need to be, recognized and rewarded.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/27/12 - 01:24 pm
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BTW: CobaltGeorge - I agree

I am tired of seeing these early rehabilitated deemed safe releases.

Since Judges have sentencing guidelines to stay within or face appeal. Maybe it is time to start pushing our elected officials to for real "Hard Labor" sentences for repeat violent criminals.

The 2nd time around it clear to even Liberals, the thug cannot be rehabilitated.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 09/27/12 - 01:32 pm
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@OpenCurtain

Their names weren't in the email notification we received. I'm not sure they want their names in the media, but our crime reporters are working on the story. Maybe we will have them later.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/27/12 - 03:46 pm
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This is one predator

that needs to be laid to rest, permanently.

This is what having bleeding hearts in policy-making offices and appointed to the judiciary has done for us. They are turning wild animals lose on us simply because they look like human beings, even if just barely.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/27/12 - 04:31 pm
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liberals can
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rehabilitate criminals. amnesty international swears by their record. They acknowledge it was an atrocity to put troy davis down because he had tremendous value to the black community and cop killers nationwide.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 09/27/12 - 05:42 pm
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Thank you!

Thank you, everyone that helped this woman and child. Bless you!

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 09/27/12 - 06:13 pm
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Amen! Praise God and a big
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Amen! Praise God and a big THANK YOU to the brave citizens. WOW!

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/27/12 - 07:04 pm
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Open note to our Elected Politicians

Don't y'all think some type Official recognition is in order?

Well?

How often do we want people to get involved and we all whine when they don't? Well here we have just the opposite, so what can we do as a some type of community reward?

We need some type of Citizen of the month award nothing Politically based, but citizens that do things to actually stop crime, or save people.

Chime in.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/27/12 - 10:34 pm
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A big thanks to Ms. Mills,

A big thanks to Ms. Mills, Mr. Streetman, and Mr. Taylor. They should be commended.

"I know this citizen can be rehabilitated in 6 months and be allowed to walk among us again."

I know you were being sarcastic but unfortunately, with these useless judges and prosecutors, and pro-criminal laws and rulings we have nowadays, he will probably be back out on the streets to do this again in much less than 6 months.

"Investigators said Sapp has an extensive arrest history, with convictions including burglary and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature."

You know, if one of my loved ones was EVER harmed by a scumbag like this, it would be hard to keep from going after the people who kept turning him loose. They way I look at it, when they turn a low-life like this loose, they are JUST AS CULPABLE for his next crime as the perp.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/28/12 - 06:20 am
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Some people

Some care enough to really put their life on the line....a big thank you to them!

Ruckus
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Ruckus 09/28/12 - 06:21 am
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I take my hat off to the 2 heros.

Its rare that you come across 1 but 2 heros. I feel that our justice system is failing us and who knows the judge may get it right this time around. If our cops did a public sweep of the homeless they'll be suprise at who they'll find. Some citys do this to keep down crime, loitering, and panhandling

Jane18
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Jane18 09/28/12 - 07:25 am
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The Good and The Bad

If only Mr.Streetman had known what Sapp had done, then and before, he would have beat the "mess" out of that bad man(I wish he had known)! I believe we have 3 very brave people to recognize Ruckus, 2 men and a woman. Don'cha just love stories like this?............

Jane18
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Jane18 09/28/12 - 07:50 am
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Others recognized.............

We should also recognize that Ms.Nay was brave in calling for help and Ms.Mills for doing all she did. A lot of brave people in this story..........

happychimer
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happychimer 09/28/12 - 09:05 am
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The minimum sentence in

The minimum sentence in Georgia for kidnapping is 10 years with no parole. they have to serve the full 10 years minimum.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/28/12 - 10:12 am
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One of those unexpected,

One of those unexpected, dangerous moments in life where you have to do the right thing. Those bystanders certainly did the right thing. I hope I would be as brave as they were and immediately comprehend what was going on like they did.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/28/12 - 10:49 am
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"The minimum sentence in

"The minimum sentence in Georgia for kidnapping is 10 years with no parole. they have to serve the full 10 years minimum."

I'll bet money the it all gets plea bargained down to simple assault or sexual battery something similar and no kidnapping and no 10 years.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 09/28/12 - 03:20 pm
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Kudos vs. Pox

Kudos to the brave citizens and the mother...ALL who had the chutzpah to get involved, and in the mother's case to fight back.

And a pox on the criminal himself and to this statistic....Augusta is fifth in the nation per capita for non-profits that serve homeless. And reports are that this scumbag was a street person who lived under the bridge near the convenience store and spent time at both the Salvation Army, AND Mercy Ministries in Harrisburg.

Is there a connection between this stat and this crime?

I don't know, but I can guess......

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/28/12 - 04:54 pm
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Great, great news!

Hero awards need to be given to those who helped, and kudos to this brave mother. All's well that ends well!
Having said all this, still...."Iguana"? What were her parents thinking?

MarcusTaylor-aka-Marducus
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MarcusTaylor-aka-Marducus 08/07/14 - 12:17 pm
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AWW thanks you guys :)

(We) just did what was right thing to do in that particular situation. I speak for my neighbors as I'm commenting on the situation, we're just glad that everyone who was involved in helping out, no one lost their lives. OAN, I want to personally thank my aunt and grandmother, without them it would not be possible to restrain the suspect until the cops arrived so big-ups to Mrs. Carrie Lou Douglas and Ms. Juanita Hightower.

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