“As additional information became available, it appeared the victim and suspect were somewhere near Chattanooga, close to Interstate 75, and that the two may be headed to an unknown location in Kentucky,” police said in the statement.
When officers determined the car stopped at a Flying J gas station, Canton police contacted the station and learned two people matching their descriptions were in the parking lot.
Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers arrived and arrested Morales-Reynoso.
Canton police Chief Mark Mitchell said officers are thankful the victim was safely located before she was seriously injured or suffered a worse fate.
“It is extremely important to recognize the fact the victim in this case never gave up and had a strong will to survive this volatile situation, which played a key role in finding her and arresting the suspect,” Mitchell said.
Morales-Reynoso faces charges of kidnapping with bodily injury, DUI and driving while suspended by the state of Tennessee.
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