Truck driver accused of kidnapping Louisiana woman

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Updated: 6/23 2:30 pm

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A long-haul truck driver from California is in custody in New Mexico for allegedly kidnapping a Louisiana woman.

Las Cruces police say 54-year-old William Joseph Taylor is being held on suspicion of kidnapping and assault with intent to commit a violent felony.

Police say a 49-year-old woman entered the store last Thursday and asked a clerk to call 911.

The woman told police she had been held against her will for at least one day.

She reportedly knew Taylor through her husband, who's incarcerated in another state.

Authorities say Taylor met the woman on June 13 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and offered her a ride.

Taylor, of Oroville, allegedly bound the woman's hands and feet with duct tape so she couldn't leave.

She escaped from the rig Thursday while Taylor slept.

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