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Woman escapes violent roadside kidnapping; TBI asks public for info. on suspect

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jun 07, 2019

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials asked for the public's help in their investigation of an Alabama truck driver accused of kidnapping a Clarksville woman. Officials say he could be behind other crimes with additional victims.

Officers arrested 62-year-old Roy Michel Nellsch on May 22. He was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping after what police called a "violent interaction earlier that day with a Clarksville woman, from which she was able to escape."

The woman ran out of gas on I-24 at the Tennessee-Kentucky state line. Nellsch stopped to offer her a ride to exit 4 for gas, but once inside his truck, he pointed a gun at her and ordered her to the back, according to the police report.

That's when he allegedly told her he was kidnapping her, would rape her and keep her for a couple of days.

The report states the woman tried to fight him off as he handcuffed her, but Nellsch pulled out an even larger gun and hit her in the head.

She was able to get one hand free from the handcuffs, again fought with him and was able to escape from the truck.

Nellsch is still in custody of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on a $500,000 bond.

Police say they've developed information that the truck driver may be connected to other crimes with additional victims.

They've asked anyone who had an interaction with him, or who may have information that could assist in the their ongoing investigation to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

NewsChannel 5 is working to get a picture of Nellsch.