Jasper Police Department: 19-year-old man kidnapped ex-girlfriend at gunpoint

Jasper Police Department: 19-year-old man kidnapped ex-girlfriend at gunpoint

JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Jasper Police Department arrested an 18-year-old man on an outstanding kidnapping warrant on Monday in connection to allegations that he abducted his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint and forced her to drive around the town before she managed to escape.

The alleged victim told police that during her ordeal, Jasper resident Deandre Dionte Phifer threatened to kill her numerous times, according to police.

As of Monday, Phifer was still being held in the Jasper County Jail on a felony aggravated kidnapping charge. His bail amount has been set at $25,000.

Lt. Garrett Foster with the jasper Police Department said that on Dec. 3, 2016, a 19-year-old woman was traveling with a man in Jasper. When they went back to a home on Dennis Drive where the woman had parked her car, Phifer approached them.

"The victim stated it was as if Mr. Phifer, who was her ex-boyfriend, was waiting on her at that location," Foster said. "Mr. Phifer allegedly approached her and stated that he had a gun, and she needed to get into her car with him."

Because the alleged victim was afraid for her life. She did as she was told. Once she got into the car with Phifer, he pointed a small, back "automatic firearm" at her and told her drive him around town, all while threatening her life if she refused, Foster said.

The victim told police that Phifer threatened to kill her multiple times, and she was eventually able to get near her home, where she managed to get away, Foster said. The woman ran to her family members, who were in a nearby car, and Phifer allegedly fled the area on foot.

"Evidence was found inside the victim's vehicle to support her story," Foster said.

Foster said a warrant was issued for Phifer's arrest. Jasper PD officers made a traffic stop on the vehicle Phifer was riding in as a passenger and took him into custody Monday.

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