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Man kidnaps his neighbor’s wife at gunpoint for being too loud in laundry room

By Mason White 4:34 PM June 10, 2015
Leon Thurston 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and is being held without bail after kidnapping a woman from her home.

61-year-old Leon Thurston of Vero Beach, Florida, faces kidnapping charges after police said that he kidnapped his neighbor at gunpoint early Sunday morning.

Thurston accused the woman of making too much noise while washing her laundry.

Jessica and David Scoville, who live behind Thurston, were doing their laundry around 5:30 a.m., when Thurston came to their door and said that they were too loud.

Thurston was carrying a gun and a baton. He grabbed Jessica Scoville by the wrist and ordered her to walk with him.

Police were called to the scene and used a K-9 unit to track Thurston and his alleged victim. Police were unable to find the pair.

Thurston took the woman to a nearby park and walked with her for 2 hours. Jessica Scoville finally managed to escape when Thurston went to use the park’s bathroom.

She ran out of the park and flagged down police officers.

Officers arrested Thurston, and they found the gun in his possession.

According to a police report, Thurston told officers that
he was walking around with the woman “to let off steam,” and that he “would never hurt the woman.”

Thurston was arrested on charges of armed burglary, aggravated battery, assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment and carrying a concealed firearm.

He is being held without bail.

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