WHY I CARRY: Woman Kidnapped and Raped in Staples Parking Lot in Broad Daylight
The title of this should really be, Why All Women Should Carry. Most of our crime stories here end with a defensive gun use by a law abiding gun owner, however, sometimes we have to take a look at the other side of crime to remind ourselves we carrying is so important.
In this case, a woman was kidnapped from a Staples parking lot by a registered sex offender and raped.
According to 4029TV,
According to a police report, Sylvester was accused of kidnapping a 54-year-old Van Buren woman from the Staples parking lot in Fort Smith, Tuesday morning. The victim told police Sylvester forced her into a car and sexually assaulted her, while traveling to Mena. The woman said while refueling at a gas station in Ashdown, she ran from the vehicle and told other patrons to call 911.
Later Tuesday afternoon, police said Sylvester was spotted in Ashdown, Arkansas, and following a pursuit, Sylvester was taken into custody. Police said during the chase, Sylvester threw a semi-automatic handgun from the vehicle.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where stories like this happen everyday and they hopefully this will encourage more women to carry firearms daily.
The victim in this case was just doing some shopping in a public area, in broad daylight, in what she thought was a safe area.
Adwin Frank Sylvester, the suspect in the case, was apprehended by police and is currently facing charges of kidnapping, rape, aggravated robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Had the victim in this case been armed the outcome may have been very different.