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Alleged kidnapping leads to slow-speed chase, arrest

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WSIL -- An alleged kidnapping in Jackson County led to a slow-speed police chase on Thursday.

Jackson County deputies say at 3:15 p.m. a woman called them from a Grand Tower convenience store, claiming a man had been holding her against her will.

The woman said the man was armed and waiting in his truck parked outside the store.

When deputies arrived to the store, they say the man, identified as 29-year-old Keith A. Ticer, of Grand Tower, sped off -- although he didn't go very fast.

Capt. Michael S. O'Leary, with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, said speeds never exceeded 35 mph.

The slow-speed chase winded its way around Grand Tower, eventually coming to an end in a neighborhood, where authorities say the suspect lost control, drove through a fence and fled on foot.

"I thought it was a bank robbery or something," said William Golliher, who lives in the neighborhood. "There was at least seven or eight squad cars out here and they was after somebody."

O'Leary said Ticer ran into a wooded area, along the banks of the Mississippi River.

A K-9 from the Elkville Police Department arrived and began tracking the suspect.

Moments later, deputies spotted the suspect running from the woods.

O'Leary said Ticer tried hiding in a small shed, before deputies caught up with him and took him into custody. 

No injuries were reported.

Ticer is being held in the Jackson County jail on two unrelated warrants, as authorities investigate the woman's kidnapping claims.

O'Leary said additional charges are anticipated.

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