Tennessee woman fends off ‘so-called kidnapper’ by smearing her dog’s feces in his face
- Ward allegedly approached the woman while walking her dog along a nature preserve trail in Tennessee
- He then tried to grab her and drag her into the woods, Knoxville police say
- She resisted and smeared the bag of dog poop in his face
- Ward then allegedly pulled a knife and snatched the woman’s phone when she tried to call 911 before running away and escaping by boat on a nearby river.
- War was arrested in a supermarket two days later when a man recognized him from a police bulletin and carried out a civilian arrest
- He was charged with aggravated kidnapping and violent theft
Knoxville Police say Michael James Ward approached a woman who was walking her dog on a nature preserve trail and suddenly tried to pull her into the woods
A woman walking her dog at a Tennessee wildlife sanctuary warded off a man who allegedly attempted to kidnap her by smearing a bag of dog feces in his face, police said.
Michael James Ward, 47, allegedly approached the 30-year-old victim as she walked along a trail in the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area around 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22, Knoxville Police said.
He asked her for water before allegedly grabbing her and trying to pull her into the woods, police say.
Ward allegedly punched her several times, causing cuts to her head and face, but she fought back and at one point smeared the bag of her dog’s feces on his face.
He backed off and apologized, but when the woman told him to leave, Ward reportedly pulled out a small knife and came back at her, WBIR reported.
She started yelling and kicking Ward and tried to call 911 on her cell phone, which Ward would then have snatched from her before fleeing to the river.
The 30-year-old victim was reportedly walking her dog along the trail in the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area (pictured) on Aug. 22, when Ward allegedly approached her, and she fought back and smeared a bag of her dog’s feces in his face
Ward, who police say is homeless, is said to have escaped after the encounter with the boat and police have issued a warrant for his arrest.
The woman was able to call the police using another hiker’s cell phone, and they responded with a K-9 unit.
The police dogs followed Ward’s scent to a nearby river, where he was believed to have escaped on a boat. WHAT.
Police also found Ward’s shoes and a towel nearby in a clearing in the woods.
The victim was able to identify Ward, who authorities say is homeless, from photographs, and police issued a warrant for his arrest.
Two days later, on the morning of August 24, a man saw Ward at a convenience store on John Sevier Highway, and saw him in a social media bulletin that the Knoxville Police Department had posted online.
The man reportedly asked Ward for his name, and when he confirmed it, he carried out a civilian arrest and held Ward until police arrived.
Ward was arraigned on August 25 and charged with aggravated theft and aggravated kidnapping.
Police discovered that Ward had cut out a clearing in the woods near the reserve and left his shoes and a towel there, but a K-9’s lost its scent after escaping on a nearby river.