A home invasion and kidnapping stretches across two southern Mississippi towns. Investigators tell WJTV News Channel 12, a 911 call came in just after midnight on Christmas for a reported home invasion along South Cherry Street in McComb.
According to police, an unidentified man came to the door and asked a person inside to use their phone. We're told the man forced his way into the home, kidnapped the woman inside and forced her at gun point into her gray, Mercury Mountaineer. While in the SUV, we're told the kidnapper dropped his gun. He went to pick it up and the SUV ran off the road. Police tell us that moment gave the woman a chance to escape. She ran to a nearby neighbor's house and called for help. The suspect drove off in the SUV.
Later, investigators spotted the same SUV in Gloster, Mississippi. During an exchange of gunfire between police and the suspect. The suspect then stole a Gloster patrol car.
We're told police have caught up with the suspect and that person is now in custody. At this point, there is no word yet on his name or age. Watch for more on this developing story coming up tonight on WJTV News Channel 12.