A New York man is being held in the Adair County Jail on over $1 million bond after Stuart Police responded to an alleged victim of a cross state kidnapping Saturday.
According to the Stuart Police Department at about 12:44 p.m. officers were dispatched to a 911 call from a woman at Casey’s General Store. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the caller, Amber Garrison of Smyrna, New York. Garrison informed officers that she was kidnapped from a Pennsylvania truck stop in mid-July. She said that she had been assaulted on several occasions and been forced to remain with the truck driver as he traveled through multiple states.
Garrison was reported missing to the New York State Police in early August, and she was transported to the Adair County Hospital for treatment of several injuries. A search warrant was conducted of the semi and after the initial investigation officers arrested James Scott Smith of Mexico, New York.
Smith has been charged with kidnapping in the first degree, harassment in the first degree, domestic assault with a weapon, and obstruction of emergency communication. Additional charges may be filed pending an open investigation. The Adair and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Iowa Department of Transportation assisted with the initial investigation. Raccoon Valley Radio will bring you more information as it becomes official.