Suspected Grantville kidnapper arrested

by Wes Mayer

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Nathan Paul Baker 


A Troup County man suspected of abducting a woman at gunpoint was arrested by Meriwether County authorities Tuesday.

Around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Meriwether County law enforcement responded to Sewell Road in Grantville in reference to a kidnapping, according to Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office officials. There they met with the victim, who said she was kidnapped earlier by her estranged husband, Nathan Paul Baker, 29.

According to Meriwether officials, the victim said she was forced into Baker’s vehicle and driven to a secluded dirt road in Meriwether County. There, Baker assaulted her, but she was fortunately able to grab the firearm and escape.

“She was very fortunate to be able to escape during this very volatile situation,” said Meriwether Sheriff Chuck Smith. “Our investigation revealed that the male suspect had taken substantial steps to cause her grave, bodily harm during this incident. This young lady chose to survive this horrendous incident and to escape. Her bravery is commendable.”

Meriwether authorities brought in their K-9 unit, the Grantville and Hogansville police departments assisted, and the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office provided its helicopter in an effort to find Baker, who was believed to be on foot in the wooded area near the secluded dirt road, officials said. Authorities were unable to find Baker on Monday, but he was apprehended by Meriwether units in northwest Meriwether County around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Baker is being held without bond in the Meriwether County Jail on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault — family violence act — and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.



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