Tallahassee man charged with murder, business owner honors kidnapped woman found dead

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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 3, 2018

Reginald Gibson, Elisa Thompson.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Family members, coworkers and community members are mourning the death of 26-year-old Elisa Thompson. Thompson's body was found in Tallahassee Friday night.

Reginald Gibson, 31, has been charged with her murder. Police say the two had previously been in a relationship.

It was in a parking lot off of Summit Lake Drive where police say Gibson kidnapped Thompson at knife point. There’s a food truck that parks there every Monday. That’s how the owner, Corey Young, grew to know Thompson.

"She was just a wonderful sweet person," Young said.

Young called Thompson the "Happy Lady," because she was always smiling when ordering lemon pepper wings from his "Smackin' Good Wings" Food Truck.

"I was like, 'what can I do?' I have a voice in the community, so what can I do? It was just heartbreaking. It was heartbreaking," Young said.

Young held a "Happy Lady" wing special Monday in honor of Thompson. He said 15 percent of the proceeds will go to her family.

The police report says Thompson was sitting in her SUV during her lunch break Thursday afternoon when Gibson walked up to the driver's side. Witnesses saw Thompson move over to the passenger seat, then saw Gibson get into the driver's seat and drive off.

Friday afternoon, investigators say they found Gibson at the apartment complex where Thompson lived. They say he had a four-inch blade pocket knife with blood on it.

Shortly after, police found Thompson's SUV in the parking lot of the Movies 8 Plaza on Sharer Road in Tallahassee. Her body was in the back of the SUV.

Tallahassee resident Mayra Badilla did not know Thompson. But, she says when she heard news of the tragedy, it struck a cord with her.

She said, "I'm distraught. I think it's so unfair. I mean, such a young, beautiful, hardworking, entrepreneurial woman with young children, lost their life like this."

Thompson has a four-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter.

"Stuff like this touches me. It really hits me," Badilla said.

The police report says Gibson was wanted for kidnapping the mother of his child. The report says just days before Thompson's murder, Gibson forced the woman to slide over in the passenger seat as she was picking up their child from daycare.

He reportedly drove her to his home and kept her against her will until three hours later when Gibson's cousin came home, and he let the woman leave.

"Sometimes I want to understand what's going on with people's minds when they can be so vile and vicious. I mean, what's the point?" Badilla said.

Gibson is facing murder and kidnapping charges, among others.

A GoFundMe account has been set up in honor of Elisa Thompson.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated- December 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has made an arrest in the death of 26-year-old Elisa Thompson. Reginald D. Gibson, 31, was taken into custody Friday night.

Gibson was observed walking near the 900 block of East Magnolia Drive Friday night. When officers attempted to take him into custody, Gibson reportedly fled on foot, but was later captured.

Gibson allegedly abducted Thompson from the parking lot of her job on Summit Lake Drive East.

Witnesses said Thompson was sitting in her vehicle on lunch break when a male subject approached the driver's side of her vehicle and stood at the door as if he was having a conversation with her. The witnesses then saw Thompson move over into the passenger seat and the male got into the driver's seat. The witnesses then saw the man drive the vehicle out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

The man was later identified as Gibson, who a witness suggested to investigators that Thompson had been in a previous relationship with.

Thompson was officially reported missing on Friday when she did not show up to pick up her child from school. Her body was found in the back of her vehicle in the 2800 block of Sharer Road Friday evening. Arrest documents state that Thompson died from an injury caused by a sharp bladed instrument.

Gibson is charged with Thompson's murder, along with burglary, kidnapping, resisting arrest and weapons charges.

Police say Gibson also committed an unrelated burglary near the 1000 block of North Duval Street on November 27 using Thompson's car. The victim of that burglary sustained non-life threatening injuries.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating after the body of missing 26-year-old Elisa Thompson was found in her vehicle Friday night.

TPD put out a missing persons alert for Thompson earlier on Friday.

Officials say a caller reported that Thompson, who was last seen driving her black 2016 Nissan Rogue, had not picked up her child from school and they were concerned for her welfare.

As officers searched for Thompson, her vehicle was discovered in a parking lot in the 2800 block of Sharer Road and her body was found inside.

Officials say a person of interest in Thompson's death has been identified and is in custody. There is no threat to the community at this time.

TPD is asking anyone with information to call 850-891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.


Police respond to a parking lot on Sharer Road, where Thompson's body was found inside of her vehicle.


 
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