Kidnapping suspect in Slocomb case led chase through 3 states

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Suspected abductor Ezekiel Vang (left)and abductee Jada Varner (right)

SLOCOMB, Ala. (WDHN) — The suspect in Sunday’s kidnapping out of Slocomb led authorities on a three-state chase, according to Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms.

Helms said the suspect — Ezekiel Vang, 21, of Appleton, Wisconsin — was previously in a relationship with Jada Varner, 16, of Slocomb before she broke it off.

Vang later showed up to the Varner household and held the family at gunpoint, abducting Jada from her home. Helms said Vang had a history of protection orders due to domestic issues with women.

He led authorities on a chase through through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Vang had crashed his vehicle on U.S. 90 and ran into the woods, leaving Jada behind. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Helms told WDHN the man was arrested around Greenville, Florida, following a manhunt. He credits the rescue’s success is due to close cooperation between Florida, Alabama, and Georgia authorities.

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