Fruita man accused of abducting ex-girlfriend

A Fruita man was in custody of Mesa County Jail on Tuesday on suspicion of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend by driving recklessly around town with her in his car while she screamed for him to stop.

At one point during the ride, the driver, defendant Joshua Green, 21, 171 N. Coulson St., was hanging onto his ex-girlfriend’s shirt as she tried to get out the passenger door, dragging her a short distance, according to Green’s arrest affidavit.

In addition to the kidnapping charge, Green faces felony charges of menacing, false imprisonment, third-degree assault and several traffic infractions.

Green’s girlfriend of about three years broke up with him earlier that day after leaving a note, the affidavit said. The two decided to meet Tuesday and talked in Green’s truck in the parking lot of Hastings Books, Music & Video at 2401 North Ave. After the woman told him their relationship was over and gave back a ring, Green stepped on the vehicle’s accelerator and nearly rammed into a sign, several moving vehicles and a parked car, the affidavit said.

The woman told police she attempted to get out of the vehicle when Green slowed for stop signs, but Green grabbed onto her shirt. The woman was able to escape in the area of 28 Road and Grand Ave. by getting into a truck, presumably driven by a good Samaritan, that was following Green’s car, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, Green twice revved his vehicle’s engine and sped toward the truck before stopping and walking toward it. In an effort to get away from Green, the driver of the truck backed into another vehicle before Green left the scene, the affidavit said.

The woman told paramedics who arrived on scene that her arm was injured, but she declined medical attention, the affidavit said.


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