A woman Thursday night escaped a vehicle in which she told Fort Wayne police she had been held against her will, and police early today arrested a man they believe was her captor.Officers arrived at the intersection of New Haven Avenue and Coliseum Boulevard around 9:45 p.m. after a motorist called 911 to report a woman being held against her will.
Public Information Officer Michael Joyner said the motorist observed the woman leave a vehicle and flag him down. The woman said that she was held against her will for a short period of time. The motorist and woman followed the suspect in his vehicle for a time before the motorist decided it was not a good idea to continue and called 911.
Joyner said that after some discussion with the woman, police were able to determine that the suspect, Gregory D. Brownlow, 51, lived in the 3200 block of Rodgers Avenue. Police went to the home and spoke with him briefly, but Brownlow refused to continue any long-term discussion with officers.
Joyner said police knew Brownlow was in the house by himself, and officers took every precaution to ensure the safety of residents near the home. He said police deployed a flash-bang device to get the suspect's attention.
At 2:06 a.m., Brownlow was taken into custody. Joyner said he was charged with criminal confinement and battery.
The woman was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.