Kidnapping suspect in Alabama case led chase through 3 states, ended in shootout

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Suspected abductor Ezekiel Vang (left)and abductee Jada Varner (right)

SLOCOMB, Ala. (WDHN) — The suspect in Sunday’s kidnapping out of Alabama led authorities on a three-state chase, according to a local county sheriff.

Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms said the suspect — Ezekiel Vang, 21, of Appleton, Wisconsin — was previously in a relationship with Jada Varner, 16, of Slocomb before she broke it off.

Vang later showed up to the Varner household and held the family at gunpoint, abducting Jada from her home. Helms said Vang had a history of protection orders due to domestic issues with women.

He led authorities on a chase through through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Vang had crashed his vehicle on U.S. 90 and ran into the woods, leaving Jada behind. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Helms told WDHN the man was arrested around Greenville, having got into a shootout with authorities. He credits the rescue’s success is due to close cooperation between Florida, Alabama, and Georgia authorities.

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