Louisa Sheriff: Woman abducted at gunpoint found safe, suspect in custody

Sheriff: Woman abducted at gunpoint in Louisa 'in immediate danger'
Published: Sep. 15, 2016 at 9:45 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2016 at 11:20 PM EDT
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Lisa Crane (Source: Louisa County Sheriff’s Office)
Lisa Crane (Source: Louisa County Sheriff’s Office)

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - The Louisa school bus driver abducted by her ex-boyfriend at gunpoint is safe after being rescued by undercover Louisa deputies on Friday.

Deputies say the victim, Lisa Crane, is now reunited with her family and children, unharmed. The man accused of kidnapping Crane, Russell Jeffries, is now behind bars, awaiting charges.

Anna Williams, a neighbor and friend of Crane, says Crane called her Friday morning from a cell phone, with Jeffries walking right beside her. Williams says Crane asked for her to pick her up.

Crane and Jeffries were walking along Rt. 208 in Spotsylvania when Louisa deputies tracked down the pair. Williams also says Jeffries has violently acted out against Crane in the past.

Deputies led a handcuffed Jeffries into the Louisa Sheriff's Office after he was apprehended. Crane was transported in a different car. When asked for comment, Jeffries responded, "God is Good."

"Thank God they found them," said Williams.

Williams says Crane was about to move out of the home she shared with Jeffries and Crane's teenage son.

"She stated to me that she finally left him, and that she was moving into a place," continued Williams.

Williams says she's seen the aftermath of Jeffries' alleged violent outbursts against Crane.

"She came to my house like a week after I met her, drenched in diesel fuel. [Jeffries] tried to drag her into a bonfire… He's pulled her by her hair. She's showed me the bruises on her arms and legs, to where he's hit her, pulled her out of her vehicle because she didn't go get his dip."

However, Williams says Crane would not press charges or get a restraining order.

"She was scared of him. And at the time, she had no where to go."

Court records show Jeffries has been found guilty of assault and battery, public intoxication and swearing before in Virginia. Williams is just happy her friend is safe.

"Get away from him and go on with her life," said Williams.

Jeffries is charged with abduction, use of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm to commit a felony, and destruction of property belonging to Louisa County schools. No word on the other two men spotted with him during the abduction, according to investigators.

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