Man Kidnapped Woman From Maryland Gym, Police Say


WALKERSVILLE, MD. – Maryland State Police have arrested and charged a suspect in connection with a kidnapping and assault that occurred outside a fitness gym Wednesday in Frederick County.

The suspect is identified as Jason M. Bittner, 35, of Woodbine, Md. He is charged with kidnapping, second degree assault and reckless endangerment. Bittner has been taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center for processing and to await an initial appearance before a court commissioner.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m., Maryland state troopers from the Frederick Barrack responded to a report of a kidnapping at a fitness gym in the 8400-block of Woodsboro Pike, in Walkersville, Md. Troopers contacted the adult female victim who reported she had been followed to the location by her ex-boyfriend, identified as the suspect. She said when she arrived at the gym, the suspect forced her into his vehicle without her consent and took her phone. The victim reported the suspect then drove recklessly around the area, threatening to harm her by causing a head-on collision. The victim said after about 30 minutes, the suspect drove back to the gym and she was able to exit the vehicle.

Troopers located the suspect in the area on Revelation Avenue. He was held and, subsequent to interviews and investigation, he was arrested and charged.

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