Clerk kidnapped; she flees, 1 arrest

April 2, 2019

A Fort Wayne man is charged with kidnapping and three other felonies after police say he abducted a woman at knifepoint from a gas station.

Ronnie E. McKinney, 57, reportedly took the woman about 11 p.m. Saturday from a Phil’s One Stop, where investigators responded to a panic alarm and said they found blood on the counter. The location of the business is redacted in court documents filed Monday in Allen Superior Court.

The woman was taken from the store, forced into her car and driven to an apartment where her legs were tied and McKinney tried to handcuff her, according to a probable cause affidavit. Her neck had been punctured, and she called 911 before McKinney took the phone from her, the affidavit states.

“Send help, he is going to kill me,” the woman whispered.

Officers who arrived at the apartment found “blood evidence on a mattress, bloody rags, a knife, a long dog lead, handcuffs, handcuff keys, a cellphone, gloves and a note stating how much (McKinney) was infatuated with a female,” Fort Wayne police Detective Bryan Thurman wrote in the affidavit.

The woman freed herself and ran from the apartment. Police found her running down the middle of Goshen Road.

McKinney, of the 2900 block of Burma Road, is charged with kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon, criminal confinement, battery and interference with the reporting of a crime. He faces up to 39 years in prison if convicted of each charge.

A court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

The woman had served McKinney earlier at the store, according to the affidavit, and she told police she remembered his birth date. She told investigators McKinney was going to rape her “but became unsure what he was going to do,” the document states.

Police arrested McKinney and tried to interview him, but “he was so intoxicated and belligerent” that he was first taken to a hospital for medical clearance.

He was being held at Allen County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.