Jennings County Man Arrested for Kidnapping Own Spouse

October 31, 2018


A North Vernon man was accused of kidnapping that resulted in injury after a reported dispute with his husband in his vehicle.

Officers from the North Vernon Police Department, Jennings County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana Conservation Department responded to a report at Crystal Flash gas station for a moving vehicle with an active disturbance on October 28th at 12:45pm.

The person that notified authorities reported that it looked like the occupants were actively fighting in a moving vehicle, were swerving and almost stuck a parked car.

Once officers arrived at they were able to notice a visible injury on the victim.

The suspect, Travis Woods, 32, of North Vernon, is accused of confronting his husband at the gas station then driving off with the victim in the vehicle. Woods refused to slow down enough for the victim to get out of his vehicle.

Police said that the victim reported his phone was damaged because of the violent swerving while Woods was driving.

Woods is accused of striking his husband in the face while driving before returning to the gas station and meeting with responding officers. Woods was arrested at the scene for preliminary charges of kidnapping resulting in injury a level 5 felony, criminal confinement resulting in injury a level 5 felony and battery resulting in moderate bodily injury a level 6 felony.

Woods is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.