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Man Arrested in Bizarre Kidnapping

A Tallahassee man is under arrest in the wake of a bizarre kidnapping.

Deputies say it all started at the Villa San Marco apartments on Sunday when a man barged into a young woman's apartment, grabbed her and demanded she drive him around town.

It ended about half an hour later when the man told the woman to drop him off at the X-Mart on West Tennessee Street. Deputies have now arrested 23-year-old Derek Mitchell, but they still don't know why he did it.

SGT Chris Chase, Leon County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said, "He said he never intended to harm the victim or to scare her, but in fact, he'd just come in the house, took control of her and made her drive him around, so we really don't know why other than he wanted to be hidden."

Mitchell is facing kidnapping and burglary charges.


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