Sunday, September 17, 2006

Thank the Lord for cell phones!

A cell phone was the undoing of the kidnapper of 14 year old Elizabeth Shoaf in Lugoff, South Carolina. Elizabeth's kidnapper, 37 year old Vinson Filyaw, had left her unattended with his cell phone in a booby-trapped bunker only one mile from her home. She text-messaged her Mom, who notified the authorities, and it led to his capture.

Filyaw will be charged with kidnapping, possession of an incendiary device and impersonating an officer, he said.

Sheriff Steve McCaskill said they were happy to find Elizabeth alive. But, it was a big relief to get this criminal off the streets. He had tried to carjack another woman outside a pizza restaurant around 2AM yesterday, and was caught about 5 miles from his house on foot.

Elizabeth seemed to be unharmed. But, she was taken to a hospital for a check up.

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