Man charged with kidnapping, beating woman
by Wes Mayer
A Newnan man was arrested Friday after he allegedly kidnapped a woman and struck her numerous times while holding her inside his vehicle.
Around 10:40 p.m., officers Doug Jones and Aaron Trusty with the Newnan Police Department responded to the area of Murray Street and Glenn Street to check on a reported fight between a man and a woman. According to Jones, when they arrived, the officers saw the man and woman running up Murray Street toward Cole Street.
The officers stopped and separated the two, and Jones described the woman, the victim, in a state of panic, and she had dirt all over her shirt and pants. The man, Kenyatta Martineza McKiver, 23, was also sweating profusely.
Jones first spoke to the victim, and she said the incident began when McKiver picked her up from work, and he was angry with her – another woman apparently told him that the victim had been with another man. So the two drove to this other woman’s house to clear the air.
Once there, McKiver said he wanted to leave, but the victim did not want to in fear of what he would do to her, she told Jones. When she refused to leave, McKiver grabbed her, forced her into his car, ran around to the driver’s side and sped off to keep her from getting away.
According to the victim, once they began driving, McKiver started punching her in the face, causing her nose to bleed and swell, and he kept hitting her all over her body until his car ran out of gas on Murray Street. The victim told Jones she was then able to exit the car and run toward Glenn Street and C.J. Smith Park.
McKiver, however, caught up to her, hit her again and knocked her down. He then began to drag her along the ground – officers were able to speak to a witness who saw this happen.
Just before the officers arrived, the victim said she was able to get back on her feet, and McKiver threatened her while they were walking back to the car. When the officers pulled up, the victim said McKiver told her to lie to police and say they were jumped.
Jones then spoke to McKiver, and he said he was with the victim at Johnson Street when a number of men approached them and wanted to jump them – he said the men were part of a gang and he’d refused to join, so they wanted to beat him up. McKiver said one man swung at him and hit him, so he fought back to get them off him. He then pushed the victim into his car to escape.
McKiver told officers they then drove to Murray Street where he ran out of gas, and was able to park in the parking lot of C.J. Smith Park. He said the victim then got out of the car, so he chased her down to bring her back in case the group of men came back.
According to Jones, emergency medical units arrived to treat the victim’s injuries – a swollen face, deep scratches on the back of her arm, a deep gash on the back of her leg and red marks all over her body.
She was then transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital.
McKiver was placed under arrest and charged with kidnapping and aggravated battery with hands, feet and fists, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail.