Suspected Grantville kidnapper arrested

by Wes Mayer

alt

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.



More Local

Local dealerships prepared to assist

Millions affected by airbag recall

This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that nearly 34 million vehicles in the United States are being recalled because o ... Read More


Northgate to graduate 407 tonight

The Coweta County School System will have its second graduation for the year tonight, when 407 students are set to receive diplomas at North ... Read More


Man suspected of beating girlfriend arrested

A Newnan man suspected of beating his girlfriend over the weekend was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated battery. About 11:30 p. ... Read More


Schools analyze Greentop’s potential impact

The Coweta County School System (CCSS) is unclear as to how it would be affected should the two annexation requests for subdivisions on Gree ... Read More


Memorial Day

Ceremony Monday in Newnan to focus on 1945

It was 1945. World War II was coming to an end. Music was celebratory. Across Coweta County, there were Victory Gardens and scrap piles. Peo ... Read More

Coweta Fire Department

Harassment charges led to chief’s retirement

Coweta County Fire Chief Johnny Teeters voluntarily retired following an investigation into his role in the harassment of a firefighter and ... Read More