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Police arrest kidnapper after woman secretly dials 911

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MCMINN COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -  A woman was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend outside of a bar in Athens. She told police she was trying to get the unruly man to leave her alone. Luckily, she had her cell phone and was able to call 911 without her kidnapper knowing.

That secret phone call to 911 is what Sheriff Joe Guy said could have helped save a woman's life after being kidnapped in McMinn County.

"If you can just dial those numbers and lay the phone over to the side, the dispatcher's going to hear everything, and all of that's recorded," Guy said.

The woman was at the Double O Bar on Highway 30 in Athens with some friends, when her ex-boyfriend Kevin Brown showed up. She told police he was angry and trying to get her to go home with him.

She went outside and was halfway leaning inside Brown's car, trying to calm him down. That's when he sped off, dragging her legs across the parking lot.

"That's when he said, 'You don't love me. We're gonna die together'," said Detective Blake Witt.

Witt said Brown started beating the woman and calling her derogatory names.

She called 911 on her phone, and hid the phone between her legs -- hoping someone would hear her screaming for help.

An operator picked up and heard it all. The woman screamed and was pleading, "I just want to go home." Brown was heard threatening her with an "(expletive) knife" before the call disconnected.

"You could actually hear what sounded to be someone hitting somebody, and her pleading as well, saying "God, please stop'," Witt said.

GPS tracked the 911 call moving south on I-75 at mile marker 41. When dispatch called back, Brown picked up the phone. He said his names was James, that there was no woman with him and hung up.

Police were able to track the two down at the Pilot gas station off exit 20 in Cleveland.

Guy says she did exactly what she was supposed to do.

"It was night, way up in the morning, and there were very few people on the road. There would have been much less chance of her flagging someone down from inside that vehicle," he said.

Brown was charged with aggravated kidnapping, reckless endangerment and aggravated domestic assault. He is being held in the McMinn County Jail on a $72,000 bond. His ex-girlfriend has taken out an order of protection against him.
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