Nevada mother held at knifepoint with her three kids ‘pocket dials’ 911 to save family from kidnapper with whom she had a ‘prior relationship’
Kidnapping suspect Justin Junius Carter, 34, was arrested on 14 charges in Mesquite, Nevada, along Interstate 15 on Monday
Charges include attempted murder, attempted sexual assault, and four counts of second-degree kidnappings in violation of an extended protection order
Carter threatened the family-of-four with a knife at their home in Las Vegas before driving all four victims to Mesquite – an 80-miles drive north
On the way there, the woman managed to call 911 shortly after midnight from inside the vehicle without her kidnapper noticing
Dispatchers picked up on cues that she needed help due to the particular way she spoke to them and by staying on the line for a while
Carter was on probation at the time of his arrest for an unrelated conviction back in Nov. 2021
A woman in Nevada saved herself and her three children by pocket-dialing 911 and talking to dispatchers discreetly after they were kidnapped by her old flame, taken hostage in a car and were providentially rescued a long way from home.
Justin Junius Carter, 34, was arrested on Monday after allegedly trying to stab the mother-of-three at her Las Vegas home before holding her captive at knifepoint along with her children, according to the Mesquite Police Department.
According to police the unidentified woman and the kidnapper experienced a ‘prior relationship’.
On Thursday night, after taking the family of four hostage he drove mother and children to Mesquite – roughly 80 miles northeast of Sin City, close to the state’s border with Arizona.
On the way there, the woman managed to call 911 shortly after midnight from inside the vehicle without her kidnapper noticing. She was hoping responders would pick up on cues that she needed help by picking up on the peculiar tone of her pitch during the call. After dialing emergency she did not cut off the call, instead left it running, which enabled tracking.
With authorities alerted, the vehicle was later identified on Interstate 15 after the woman revealed the car’s location to cops over the phone.
Carter was subsequently pulled over and placed in handcuffs and the four hostages were rescued.
Her was detained at the Clark County Detention Center and was booked on 14 felony charges.
The charges include attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping in violation of extended protection order, domestic battery with the use of a deadly weapon, violation of an extended protection order and attempted sexual assault.
He is also facing charges of coercion with use of a deadly weapon and misdemeanor resisting arrest.
‘The bravery of this woman and her children cannot be overstated,’ Mesquite Police chief MaQuade Chesley told KVVU. ‘They maintained their composure, and she bravely created a plan in her head to call for help as soon as she could.’
Chesley also applauded dispatchers for identifying the woman’s plan and coordinating with officers to arrest the suspect. ‘Their swift action and persistence to gather information from the 911 call saved this family from further harm.’
His prior record includes a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon and unloading a firearm at an ‘occupied structure or vehicle,’ in November 2021. He was still on the attached five year probation when he was arrested.
Carter remains in custody on $500,000 bail and is due in court on Oct. 26.