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Story last updated at 3:08 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Police charge man with kidnapping, assault of woman

Homer Police last week charged a Homer man with kidnapping and assault after he allegedly detained an 18-year-old woman he took out on a date last Friday.

William O. Daugherty, 47, faces charges of kidnapping, third-degree assault, third-degree misconduct involving weapons, all felonies, and fourth-degree assault. The woman escaped without harm, police said.

According to a criminal complaint, police said Daugherty took the woman out on a date at about 6 p.m. Her uncle knew about the date and said he expected her back about midnight.

The woman alleged Daugherty wouldn't take her back to her uncle's workplace and then drove up to Skyline Drive to his home. He also wouldn't let her out of his car, the woman told police. She was able to call her uncle on a cell phone and the uncle said he got more than 10 calls from her, some of them with her screaming and crying. Her uncle drove up to the area to look for her.

Daugherty tried to take the woman to his trailer and allegedly threatened her with a gun. The woman saw her uncle drive by her and Daugherty on Skyline Drive. Daugherty got his car keys and drove away when he saw the uncle. Homer Police Sgt. David Shealy saw the woman by the side of the road and rescued her.

Police issued a warrant for Daugherty's arrest, but have not yet apprehended him.