Report: Officer stops car, rescues two kidnapped women


Published: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 7:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 7:46 p.m.

As a car drove past a Gainesville police officer early Sunday morning, the officer heard a girl screaming, “Turn this car around! Let me out, let me out right away!’’

Officer Courtnay Roberts swung behind the car, still hearing screams as he followed the car west in the 3900 block of West Newberry Road at 1:37 a.m.

Roberts stopped the car after it had turned north onto the 900 block of Northwest 43rd Street, according to the Gainesville Police report. As he walked up, one of the passengers said, “Officer, I just want to say I’m sorry for whatever is going on.’’

Roberts discovered three men and two women in the car, with one of the frightened women scrambling to get out of the vehicle and crying, “They weren’t going to let us go.’’

The other woman got out of the vehicle, ran to Roberts and latched onto the officer, crying and shaking, the report said. “Thank God you stopped us, they weren’t letting us go. You saved us!’’

The report gave this account: The two women told police they got in the car to get a ride from the 100 block of West University Avenue to their car at the 1700 block of West University Avenue. In the car were driver Sylvan Noel, 25, of Coral Springs; Jovone Brown, and Gregory Williams.

One of the women said that when they passed where her car was located, the three men said there were too many police officers around and kept going west for several miles. She said the three men said they were taking the women to their room at the Baymont Inn and Suites.

The second woman, described by Roberts as so terrified she could barely speak, said the three men ignored their repeated pleas to be released.

Brown told police that the plan was to take the women to the hotel and call them a cab later. Noel told police he clearly heard the women yelling to be let out of the car but that they needed help because they were intoxicated and so they decided to take them to their hotel.

Williams admitted that he told Noel to keep driving past police officers because he felt that involving police would just cause problems. He said that he was the oldest of the three men and that he was making decisions and was concerned for everyone’s safety.

Noel, Brown and Williams were each arrested on two counts of false imprisonment. They were being held without bond on Sunday at the Alachua County jail.

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