POSTED: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 6:25pm
UPDATED: Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 5:15pm
Mt. Pleasant, Texas (KETK) — East Texas Law enforcement is looking for a man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman in Titus County on Monday.
Ryan Jacob Schmidt, 35, allegedly attacked and threatened to Kill a woman while driving on Highway 271, until the victim jumped from the moving vehicle in fear of her life, according to the Titus County Sheriff's Office. Titus County deputies first learned of the incident when the Camp County Sheriff's Office officials reported an assault victim at a hospital in Pittsburg. The woman had been thrown from a moving vehicle near the county line.
Deputies responded to the hospital and learned the victim was abducted from her home in Diana by Schmidt and was headed through Titus County when she jumped from the vehicle to get away. TCSO said the woman was found by a passerby on the side of Highway 271 and transported to Pittsburg.
The victim was able to positively identified Schmidt and stated he would have killed her had she not escaped the vehicle. The victim said she prayed and asked God to help her, then jumped from the moving vehicle. Witnesses driving about 75 MPH behind Schmidt’s vehicle said the suspect was swerving all over the road, and then a woman was seen coming out of the vehicle and onto Highway 271.
Schmidt did not stop after the woman jumped, and his vehicle kept heading toward Mount Pleasant. The Titus County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Schmidt on an aggravated kidnapping charge.
The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet 3 inches, 180 pounds with red hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be driving a silver, Chevy Astro Van displaying Texas License Plate # CYK2706 and is believed to be in the Longview area.