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US Abduction - Authorities arrest suspect in kidnapping case
NAME: US ABDUCTION 20060917Ix TAPE: EF06/0853 IN_TIME: 10:42:33:20 DURATION: 00:00:36:03 SOURCES: See Script DATELINE: Lugoff, 17 Sept 2006 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST: Handout Photo: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office 1. Still photo of Vinson Filyaw, who was arrested on Sunday ABC (WOLO) Lugoff, South Carolina - September 17, 2006 2. Medium of bunker entrance 3. Tracking shot of interior of bunker STORYLINE Authorities early on Sunday arrested a man they suspect kidnapped a 14-year-old girl who was able to send a cell phone text message to her mother, leading to her rescue from a booby-trapped bunker where she had been held for as long as 10 days. Investigators arrested 37-year-old Vinson Filyaw in Richland County, South Carolina, about 24 hours after rescuing the girl, said Sheriff Steve McCaskill in neighbouring Kershaw County. Filyaw will be charged with kidnapping, possession of an incendiary device and impersonating an officer. The girl was found by deputies about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from her home in a 15-foot (4.5-meter) deep hole in the side of a hill that was covered with plywood. The bunker had a hand-dug privy with toilet paper, a camp stove and shelves made with cut branches and canvas. McCaskill said more charges likely will follow after investigators interview the girl. Police are letting her rest but probably will talk to her on Monday about the Sept. 6 abduction and ordeal that followed. McCaskill said the girl appeared to be unharmed but was taken to Kershaw County Medical Center for evaluation. Police were tipped off to Filyaw's location on Sunday after getting a call from a woman who said he tried to carjack her about 2 a.m. outside a pizza restaurant, authorities said. Filyaw was on foot - about five miles (8 kilometres) from his house - carrying a pellet gun, a Taser and a long hunting knife when police captured him. Investigators said Filyaw posed as a police officer when he met the girl, and she was walked around in the woods by her captor until she became disoriented. He's accused of using handmade grenades and a flare gun to threaten her while she was in the bunker.