Suspect arrested for stealing car, abducting woman, teen at gunpoint

Michael Ray (Source: Brown County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Ray (Source: Brown County Sheriff's Office)

A Blanchester, Ohio man was arrested in Brown County after police say he stole a vehicle and abducted a woman and 13-year-old girl at gunpoint.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office received information that the suspect may be in the Georgetown area on Thursday morning.

Deputies from the Brown County Sheriff's Office, Georgetown Police Department and an Officer from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources responded to a residence on State Route 221 near Georgetown.

The woman and teen were found unharmed. The male suspect had fled on foot into a wooded area prior to law enforcement arrival.  A search perimeter was setup and the Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit was dispatched to the scene.

The suspect was apprehended by Sheriff's Office personnel on Utter Road.  Arrested was Michael Ray, 31, of Blanchester, Ohio.  He was charged with Felony Receiving Stolen Property and he also faces pending charges in Clinton County.

Two other suspects were also arrested for Felony Obstruction of Justice - Timothy A. Berry, 22, of Georgetown, Ohio, and Loretta Jo Wagner, 27, of Wilmington, Ohio.

The stolen vehicle was recovered and the 13 year old child was returned to her mother.  All three suspects were transported to the Brown County Adult Detention Center where they remain in custody awaiting arraignment on the charges.

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