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Travis Moore

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—A woman outsmarted her captor by driving him to the Bloomington Police Department when she reported he pulled out a gun and demanded she drive him to an apartment complex.

Police said around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the 25-year-old ran inside their lobby and told officers she had just been held at gun point.

“Good for her for watching her surroundings, realizing that she was passing the police department and having the courage to stop the vehicle, jump out and run,” Bloomington Police Lt. Ryan Pedigo said.

Investigators said the woman told them she knew Travis Moore, 36, for about 15 years and that they recently connected on social media. She drove to Mississippi last week to pick Moore up and then returned to Bloomington. They stayed at various hotels, but Saturday night things took a turn when she left and returned to the hotel.

“When she returned he had locked her out, so she said that she was then walking towards her vehicle when she saw him running behind her she said that she was scared for her safety so she did run to her car,” Lt. Pedigo said.

Police said she told them he ran to the car, pointed a gun at a friend in the car and told him to get out or he would be shot. The friend got out. The woman got in and tried to back out.

“She said the suspect then jumped into the car with her, pointed a gun at her and ordered her to drive him to an apartment complex here in town,” Lt. Pedigo said.

Police said during the drive she realized she was passing the police department, she did a U-turn, stopped the car and ran into the lobby.

“The vehicle was gone when officers arrived on station so they began searching for it, one of the officers on patrol saw a vehicle that matched the description she provided officers,” Lt. Pedigo said.

Officers stopped the car and arrested Moore.

Police said during questioning Moore admitted to having a firearm earlier in the evening but that he discarded it. Police have not been able to find it.

He’s facing charges of kidnapping, intimidation, vehicle theft, possession of a handgun without a license and driving while suspended.

“I caution people that if it’s someone that you’re not familiar with and someone who you don’t obviously know their intentions and you don’t them very well it’s best to get to know them a little more,” Lt. Pedigo said.

Police said it turns out Moore was already wanted. He had an outstanding arrest warrants from Louisiana for assault with a firearm and dealing a firearm with an obliterated serial number and was wanted by the ATF for a charge of a being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also wanted in Johnson County for driving while suspended and public intoxication.

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